Lead In Lipstick: Should You Be Worried?

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Back in 2007, we told you about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ test of over 30 lipsticks, which resulted in the realization that some contain more lead than the government-allowed amount for candy. The FDA, which doesn’t monitor lead levels in lipstick, immediately responded to the claims by promising to confirm their factual basis and determine if any action should be taken.

Last year, the FDA did exactly that, ultimately releasing the results of their own study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science. In addition to determining the most accurate testing method, the organization examined the amount of lead contributed by pigment ingredients and possible manufacturing-relating contaminants.

The 20 lipsticks examined showed a range of 0.09 to 3.06 micrograms of lead per gram, which the Personal Care Products Council says is within safe parameters. The FDA places a 20-microgram limit on lead from pigments.

Although these results confirm several cosmetics agency’s belief that lipstick is safe, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is unlikely to be satisfied. The organization believes all levels of lead are dangerous.

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