FDA Finds Trace Amount of Lead in 400 Lipsticks

In Beauty by Kim Muraro , on Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:09 AM (PST)


The Lead Level Is Low Enough Not to Cause a Health Risk. Well, Not a Serious Health Risk

We're not sure how much better this makes us feel: The FDA announced it found trace amounts of lead in 400 lipsticks it tested, but that the levels of lead don't pose a serious health risk.

But our question: is any level of lead -- or any level of health risk -- worth it for some lipstick?

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USA Today reports the Food and Drug Administration's findings, which, most surprisingly, found that the least contaminated lipstick was also from the cheapest brand: Wet n' Wild Mega Mixers Lip Balm Bahama Mama.

Five lipsticks from L'Oreal and Maybelline were among those with the most lead, with Maybelline's Color Sensational Pink Petal lipstick containing the most lead of all those tested. Pink Petal contains 7.19 parts per million of lead, which, USA Today reports, is a small amount: children's products are required to have less than 100 parts per million of lead.

Still, Dr. John Torres suggests that's enough to pose a risk to children.

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"The small amount of lead exposure especially in young children, developing brains in young children, can cause a problem," Torres said. "And the main problem it can cause is development of that brain.

"Essentially, they start having problems in language development, with math development, those types of things. It doesn't take much lead for that to happen; but again, these lead levels are very, very small. I wouldn't be too concerned using it on a casual basis, but if it's something they are playing with on a daily basis, or they are ingesting or eating it, then stay away from that."

Not letting your kids eat lipstick is probably a good idea in general, lead or not, no?

The story goes on to say The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics wants the U.S. government to regulate lead limits for lipsticks.

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Comments (1)
Posted By Joseph Mas (2 years ago)
You can get your lipstick tested at Phoslab Environmental Services or pes-enviro. They even send you a kit for free in most cases. If you doubt the integrity of your lipstick I would call them or send them an email this is pretty serious in my opinion... What about all the kids that play with mommy's makeup everyday. This is not something to take lightly
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