Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – Women might be applying more than just a splash of color when they put on lipstick.
An analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that some 400 shades of lipsticks, from such well-known brands as L’Oreal and Cover Girl, contains trace amounts of lead.
Among the worst offenders were Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal, which had 7.19 parts of lead per million, and L’Oreal’s Colour Riche in Volcanic which had 7 ppm.
Those amounts are nearly seven times the average level of 1.11 ppm found in the FDA tests.
Several other brands, including Cover Girl and NARS, had lead levels in the 4 to 5 ppm range.
Still, the FDA maintains that all the lead levels in the lipsticks are safe. The agency says on its website, “Our results do not show levels of lead in lipstick that would pose a safety concern.”
However, not everyone is convinced. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics had been pushing the U.S. government to set limits on lead in cosmetics. The group also wants the FDA to research whether there are dangers to having lead-containing lipstick applied to lips, where lead can enter the mouth and be swallowed.
The FDA says there is no need to be concerned because lipstick is a topical product with limited absorption. If any is ingested, they say, it is in very small quantities. Regardless, the FDA says it is considering establishing a limit.
The complete list of lipsticks can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm137224.htm#expanalyses.