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Cosmetics Are a Menace — But You Have Options

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


Story at-a-glance -

  • The beauty industry was worth $532 billion in 2019, yet the FDA has no way to police the dangerous chemicals absorbed through your skin
  • Industry trade groups say their voluntary initiatives protect the consumer, but self-regulation is not working
  • Congress has taken specific aim at personal care products to give the FDA teeth in the regulatory process, but lobbyists have thwarted efforts each time
  • Lipstick may be a barometer of cosmetic safety as it is the least expensive and most popular cosmetic; testing reveals it contains chemicals banned in the EU
  • You can protect your family by reporting adverse events to the FDA and seeking healthier alternatives using the EWG's Skin Deep database

Business Insider reports that the beauty industry reached a value of $532 billion in 2019 and is projected to rapidly rise in the coming years. Cosmetics and personal care products are benefiting from social media, targeted pricing and companies that are aiming at sustainable alternatives demanded by consumers.

In other words, it’s big business. Women have been using products to alter or enhance their appearance since at least the times of ancient Egypt. Despite continued growth in the industry, it’s important to note that just because you can buy it at the store, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to use.

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