Cosmetics are not currently regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but things might change. On November 30th, the FDA held a meeting to examine safety concerns over unregulated makeup.
Both manufacturers and makeup experts came together to discuss developing industry standards and guidelines to make the beauty products safer for women, as reported on MSNBC. Until now, cosmetics manufacturers could use any ingredients to create their skin care and beauty products.
It’s not hard to find makeup products listing ethyl glycol, also known as antifreeze, as a key ingredient. Petroleum, a derivative of crude oil, is also a popular base ingredient in lip balms and moisturizing lotions.
Because cosmetics aren’t ingested, why all the fuss? Using tainted makeup and lotions topically can cause skin rashes, infections, and even irritate the eyes, according to the FDA. In addition to using unregulated ingredients, makeup packaging and preservatives are a concern. If improperly packaged, spoiling can cause beauty products to turn rancid without any visual clues. Not all tainted makeup has a foul odor.
Currently, manufacturers use formaldehyde to deter bacterial, mold, and yeast grown on the products. Do women know they’re slathering their skin in a toxic, carcinogenic substance? Probably not. Until guidelines are reached, women can opt for beauty products containing only organically grown ingredients and natural preservatives.