Should You Throw Out Your Lipstick? A Chicago Injury Lawyer Advises.

June 23, 2013

A recent study indicates there may be harmful levels of toxic chemicals in cosmetic lip products like lipstick and lip-gloss, putting consumers’ health at risk.

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 different types of lip products, of various brands, prices, and categories, in an effort to learn whether manufactured lip products contain harmful metals.

They found that each of the 32 products tested contained aluminum, titanium, and manganese—all in excess of recommended daily exposure limits. Three-fourths of the samples also contained high levels of lead.

Results of the study showed that neither product pricing nor product category affected the metal concentrations that were detected.

Researchers theorize that various metals are added to lip products in order to produce specific colors.  In addition, the two metals found in the highest concentrations, aluminum and titanium are added to o keep colors from bleeding or fading.

Cosmetic manufacturers insist that their products are safe, following the guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, aside from lead level restrictions, the United States does not currently have any standards for metal content in cosmetics.

Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no safe level for lead exposure, many believe that these cosmetics should be reformulated—excluding lead and other harmful chemicals.

If you have suffered a serious injury from a defective product, a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Lane Brown can help. Our skilled and compassionate attorneys will take the time to fully understand your situation, answer your questions, and recommend a course of action—all during a free case evaluation. Give us a call today at 312-332-1400 to schedule your free consultation. We are standing by to help.



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