Should You Be Worried About Toxic Makeup?

by - September 28, 2021

Consumer products such as food, drugs and even makeup are all regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The difference is that cosmetic products, unlike food and drugs, do not require FDA approval. That’s why we’ve answered three of the biggest questions you may have when thinking about your makeup.

Are Toxic Chemicals In Makeup Harmful?

According to research studies, your skin can absorb chemicals from cosmetics, letting them enter your bloodstream. Makeup powder also provides an additional risk of inhalation, bringing minerals such as asbestos into your lungs.

In addition, lipsticks and other makeup can be consumed accidentally by the biting or licking of one’s lips. This can drive potentially harmful chemicals into your digestive system.

Tip: If you’re concerned about asbestos in makeup, this page will show you what you need to know and avoid.

Makeup Health Risks

A multitude of different chemicals and minerals are included in cosmetic products. There are simply too many to list every single health concern associated with frequent makeup use, but here are a few:
  • Cancer, such as mesothelioma or breast cancer
  • Thyroid issues
  • Asthma
  • Fertility issues and birth defects
  • Hormone imbalances

Spotting Toxic Makeup

Not all ingredients that are potentially harmful in cosmetics are listed on a label.

One ingredient that is listed, but that many wrongfully assume can not be harmful, is talc. Testing of talc products has discovered that they can contain asbestos fibers. When mined, all deposits of talc that are used in cosmetic products need to be tested for asbestos. If that step is skipped then users are at risk of contracting cancers related to asbestos such as mesothelioma.

Lead is another ingredient commonly found in makeup products that can be harmful. The heavy metal is used in lipstick and eye products containing kohl. Lead levels that are high can cause anemia and kidney problems in children.

Low levels of lead are a risk too, with learning and behavior problems having been shown to start as a result.

Many people in the United States and around the world use makeup as a part of their daily routine. That’s why it’s so important for you to be aware of the inherent risks and dangers associated with certain chemicals and minerals that are present in cosmetic products. We’ve included a helpful infographic below to teach you about what’s in your products.

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