The FDA recently released a report announcing that over 400 brands of lipstick have been found to contain trace amounts of lead – a neurotoxin that can cause significant harm to the organs and nervous system at elevated levels.
Although these amounts were deemed by the FDA to pose no threat, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics disagrees with these findings, stating that any amount of lead is too much. They are urging the FDA to set a maximum limit on the amount of lead allowed in lipsticks, and for lipstick manufacturers to work to decrease the lead levels found in their products.
In a written statement released by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Dr. Mark Mitchell commented that:
“Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels.”
Dr. Mitchell is listed in his Vitals profile as an anatomic & clinical pathologist and cytopathologist, with 29 years of experience.
If you are concerned about lead levels in yourself or your child, make an appointment with your physician to be tested today.