Here are questions consumers frequently ask about cosmetic safety and regulation, with quick answers and links to resources where you can learn more:
- Why are cosmetics not FDA-approved? If cosmetics are not FDA-approved, how are they regulated?
- Are all personal care products regulated as cosmetics? Are some drugs or "cosmeceuticals"?
- Does FDA require animal testing for cosmetics?
- What ingredients are prohibited from use in cosmetics?
- Does FDA approve the color additives used in cosmetics? If so, how does FDA determine their safety?
- What should I do if I have a reaction (side effect) to a cosmetic product?
- What is the shelf life of cosmetics?
- What are "hypoallergenic" cosmetics?
- Are tattoos and permanent makeup safe? How about henna and other temporary tattoos?
- Do cosmetics contain harmful contaminants, such as lead? What does FDA do to guard against them?
- Are there safety concerns related to the use of parabens in cosmetics?
- What precautions should you take if you dye your hair?
- What precautions should you take when using eye cosmetics?
- Where can I learn more about cosmetic safety and how cosmetics are regulated?
- Cosmetic Labeling Regulations
- Products and Ingredients
- Resources for Consumers
- Resources for Students and Teachers
- FDA's Cosmetics main page