Trace amounts of lead may be in lipsticks, not health risk

January 1, 2014

The government regulates the pigments used around the mouth, where ingestion may occur. The amounts are very small compared to the lead contamination possibilities from the old lead-based paints.

 

Q. Do lipsticks contain lead?

A. The presence of lead in lipsticks has created a stir on consumer websites. Indeed, there are some dyes, especially red dyes, which are used in lipsticks that may contain trace amounts of lead. Remember that the government regulates the pigments used around the mouth, where ingestion may occur. This regulation is necessary to prevent safety issues. The trace amounts of lead that may be found in lipsticks are not felt to be a health issue and indeed the amounts are very small compared to the lead contamination possibilities from the old lead-based paints.

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