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Beware Toxic Cosmetics

Beware Toxic Cosmetics
The FDA doesn’t meaningfully regulate the ingredients in cosmetics. Cosmetics in this case include makeup, lotions, cleansers and anything applied to the skin as a daily routine.

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Only the colors used in the products are regulated. The FDA only responds if a problem has repetitively been reported by consumers.

You can report cosmetics complaints on the FDA website. You can also call someone and give a verbal complaint. They have to receive many complaints for any meaningful change to occur.

Sadly, complaints direct to the manufacturer don’t have to be reported to the FDA. They also don’t have to make changes based on direct complaints.

Less than 10% of dissatisfactions are reported. Most people just throw the products away.

Tricky Labeling

  • Dermatologist tested just means the product was tested by a dermatologist. That doesn’t mean it was endorsed by a dermatologist.
  • Fragrance free doesn’t mean there is no fragrance. The complicated chemical names don’t necessarily read like the fragrances they are.
  • Botanical scented goods can train your immune system to recognize them as allergens. While it may be natural, your body may not like it. Natural fragrances can still lead to itchy, red bumps on the skin.
  • Antibacterial products aren’t as good for you as you may think. Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor, messing with how the body makes and uses hormones. It’s now banned from soaps because of FDA complaints but is still found in toothpaste.
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative that is common in shampoo. Your immune system may see it as an allergen. It’s the most common preservative in cosmetics and the cause of many itchy, skin rashes.
Find skin care products that are free of the most common causes of skin reactions on the Skin Safe website or app.

Listen as Dr. Jimmy Yiannias joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss how toxic many cosmetics are.


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Featured Speaker:
Jimmy Yiannias, MD
Yiannias James Dr. Jimmy Yiannias is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ. He is a general dermatologist with specialty and published research expertise in allergic contact dermatitis and oral diseases.

In addition to his clinical duties, he currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the Medical Director of Connected Care for Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Dr. Yiannias was born in Houston, Texas, and attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1988 and performed his Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He was appointed to the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1992.

Dr. Yiannias served as the Dermatology Residency Program Director from 1999-2005 and the Chair of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona from 2007 until 2013.

He has received the American Academy of Dermatology highest honor, Gold Triangle Award and the American Contact Dermatitis Society Presidential Citation for his creation of the skin allergy management program called SkinSAFE (formerly known as CARD, the Contact Allergen Replacement Database).