Selected Cosmetic Ingredients
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require cosmetic products and ingredients to be approved by FDA before they go on the market, except for color additives that are not intended for use as coal tar hair dyes. However, they must be safe for consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products and ingredients.
The resources listed below are related to cosmetic ingredients that people often inquire about. For resources on cosmetic products, see Product Information.
Ingredients That People Often Ask About
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHAs and BHAs) and Cosmetics Color Additives Diethanolamine
- Mercury: Consumer Update: Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products--Unapproved Drugs Marketed as Cosmetics
Nanotechnology and Cosmetics Parabens Phthalates and Cosmetic Products
Ingredients Prohibited & Restricted by FDA Regulations