BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A new report released by the FDA shows how, over the past few years, the number of people issuing complaints regarding hair, skin care, or other beauty products has increased. Researchers observed how such products lead to many unwanted reactions.
Higher number of adverse reactions from beauty products
In December, the FDA used data collected by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and put up the first report which looks at the negative effects caused by cosmetics and beauty products. The report used data from 2004 to present, and discovered that hair products, skin care products, and tattoos are the most widespread sources of adverse reactions.
After the report was released, a team of researchers from McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University wrote a study which analyzed the effects of these beauty products. The report has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
These products are not thoroughly checked before entering the market
They explain that cosmetics lead to so many adverse reactions, since there aren’t any strict regulations regarding their production. Also, most of them don’t need approval from the FDA before going out on the market. Also, once they start being sold, it is much harder to monitor if they are safe for the customers.
The FDA starts checking on beauty products only after an adverse event had already occurred. Therefore, if a customer experiences a rash, irritation, hair loss, nausea, or any other unpleasant events, it can report to the FDA and only then will the organization see if the product is safe.
Most often, people report experiencing hair loss or skin irritation after using personal care and beauty products. Also, those items which lead to the most serious side effects include products for personal hygiene, hair dye or other hair products, and baby cosmetics.
The number of adverse events doubled from 2015 to 2016, so both manufacturers and regulators should start paying more attention before sending a beauty product to be sold on the market.
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