You buy a beauty product under the assumption that it is safe to use, which is a very obvious assumption to make, considering the amount of testing these products go through before hitting the shelves. However, negative reactions to these products are normal in some people but recent studies have found that these side effects are now at a higher point than they have ever been.
Tapping in to the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Adverse Event Reporting System, which stores data on negative events related to foods, dietary supplements, and beauty products, researchers found that From 2004 to 2016, 5,144 side effects were reported, and there was a notable increase between 2015 and 2016 of bad reactions—particularly those caused by hair-care products. The products that showed the highest number of issues are hair care products, skin care products and tattoos. It also showed that products targeted for personal cleanliness, hair care and hair coloring were top candidates to create serious health issues.
However, these numbers are not the full total of all complaints received by organizations because there is no legal obligation for cosmetic companies to share complaints with the FDA. The study concluded that better vigilance and surveillance is required in the beauty products industry. As per the FDA, there is no approval process required for cosmetic products and ingredients before they are released to the market. Instead, the organization that releases the product is legally liable for the safety of their products.
These results are rather scary but there is no reason to panic according to medical professionals. They state that many products are safe to use thanks to the standards applied, yet it also must be noted that there are numerous products released to the market with organizations using more and more ingredients than ever before. Some of these, in fact, have never been used in formulating cosmetics. Most of the time these products can be safe but there might be the odd few who show an allergic reaction to these.
Another angle to this is that with the increasing popularity of skin care treatments, people might just be using too many skin care products that has led to the increase in skin reactions. Most also try to combine products which is also another reason for the hike in the numbers of negative reactions.
In order to reduce your risk of a negative reaction, it is recommended to use brands that are backed by your dermatologist, and go for products that have minimal ingredients and little to no chemicals such as petroleum and phthalates.
It is also recommended to stick to products that are fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Although a product may state that its natural, it does not mean that its safer than the traditional products. Also, if you ave sensitive skin, avoid ingredients like alpha or beta hydroxy acids or retinol as they are known to cause skin irritation.
If you are still in doubt, talk to your dermatologist, who can always nudge you in the right direction.
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