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Section: Testing > Safety/Stability
Analyze, Optimize: Ensuring Pollution Won’t ‘Get Under Your Skin’
Anti-adhesion, removability, anti-penetration and cleansing properties were assessed in steps, as described here, to optimize formulas for effective anti-pollution protection. An approach was designed to test cosmetic ingredients and formulas for their abilities to suppress the negative effects of pollution in skin.
Nov 2nd, 2021
Toxicological Evaluation of Cosmetics: A Primer
A cosmetic toxicologist can provide a clear-eyed view of the potential hazards and quantifiable risks of a product based on its composition. This primer briefly explains how.
Aug 23rd, 2021
Letter to Editor Questions Benzophenone Study; Author and Industry Expert Respond
A Letter to the Editor in
Chemical Research in Toxicology
points to flaws in a study gaining recent attention and calling for the removal of octocrylene-containing sunscreens from the market. The author responds; as does an additional industry expert, David Steinberg.
Aug 19th, 2021
Research Reviews Non-penetrating Sunscreen Vehicles, Looks to Jojoba
Several "carriers for the future" were highlighted, such as lipid carriers, cyclodextrin derivatives, encapsulation approaches and non-penetrating sunscreens incorporating UV filters and jojoba oil conjugates.
Aug 6th, 2021
SCCS on Methyl Salicylate: Safe Within Cosmetic Limits, Weak Sensitizer
The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) recently issued its preliminary Opinion on the safety of methyl salicylate.
Jul 19th, 2021
BASF and Givaudan Develop First OECD-Approved Animal Test Alternatives
The OECD has, for the first time, approved a non-animal strategy to assess skin sensitization based on three tests. In addition, the Kinetic Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay was approved to predict the intensity of reactions. All tests are the results of BASF/Givaudan joint efforts.
Jun 29th, 2021
Cosmetics Study Prompts Legislation to Ban PFAs
The authors concluded: "The cosmetic categories that had the highest percentage of high fluorine products were foundations (63%), eye products (58%), mascaras (47%) and lip products (55%)."
Jun 14th, 2021
Confounding Labels: One ‘Natural’ = 100+ ‘Chemicals’
As most formulators are aware, creating a product with three or more botanicals in it means a final formula containing more than 200 chemicals. How is this better for skin? It's not, according to this commentary.
May 17th, 2021
Mary Kay Blends Retinol with TRPV1 Antagonist for Non-irritating Efficacy
During the 2021 SID virtual meeting, Mary Kay Inc., shared work combining the efficacy of retinol with botanicals to reduce its irritation; the company also announced it will fund four research grants related to skin health.
May 17th, 2021
Concerns Over Charcoal Safety Raised in Crest Toothpaste Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit filed in New York alleges that P&G promoted the safety of its activated charcoal-containing Crest toothpaste despite expert opinions finding a lack of safety and efficacy substantiation.
Mar 19th, 2021
FDA Cautions: Hair-smoothing Products Can Release Formaldehyde
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a statement warning users of the potential for hair-straightening products to release formaldehyde gas, a known carcinogen, during heat treatments.
Mar 4th, 2021
900+ Hand Sanitizer Poisonings, Mexican Imports Put on FDA Alert
recently reported 900+ Americans were accidentally poisoned by hand sanitizers in January 2021 alone. In relation, the FDA has placed an import alert on all Mexican sanitizers, which have been the source of multiple offenses.
Feb 8th, 2021
Methanol Content and How to Test for it: FDA Guidance
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has outlined a policy for companies to test alcohol (ethanol) or isopropyl alcohol for hazardous methanol content prior to their use in hand sanitizer products.
Jan 22nd, 2021
Microplastics Detected in Human Placenta: Industry Implications
A new study published in
has identified the presence of microplastics in human placenta. While science examines their risk, industry (including cosmetics) might expect to hasten their replacement and removal.
Jan 14th, 2021
Cell Culture Alleviates Inflammation
The field cultivation of hemp is tasked by today’s large-scale demand. Here, a
cell culture extract is proposed as a sustainable alternative. After initial characterization, the extract was tested as described here for efficacy against inflammatory markers for skin-soothing activities.
Dec 29th, 2020
What’s in My Jar Analyzes Product Efficacy and Irritant Potential
What’s in My Jar is an app that analyzes unsubsidized company claims and marketing language for skin care products to educate consumers about how effective or potentially irritating products are.
Dec 18th, 2020
Endocrine Effects, Environmental Risk Feedback Sought for Dibutyl Phthalate, Bisphenols
The Jan. 5, 2021, deadline draws near for comments on dibutyl phthalate's reported endocrine-disrupting effects. In addition, German authorities are calling for evidence regarding the environmental risks of bisphenols.
Dec 16th, 2020
Sabinsa Serum Clinically Proven to Prevent Hair Loss
Sabinsa has published a study in
Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
showing successful results for its health serum in adults experiencing hair thinning and loss.
Nov 23rd, 2020
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