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Study Finds Cosmetic-Related Side Effects Are on the Rise


A new study published JAMA Internal Medicine has found that adverse events associated with cosmetics and personal care products more than doubled in the United States last year.

Cosmetic-Related Side Effect Reports Increased 200 Percent in 2016

According to Reuters, researchers examined cosmetic and personal care product-related adverse events reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2004 and 2016. Products examined included makeup, sunscreen, tattoos, hair products, perfume, shaving creams, and baby care items.

The researchers found a total of 5,144 adverse event reports were filed within the 12 year period. This averages to about 396 adverse event reports per year.

However, what was most notable was the rate at which cosmetic-related adverse event reports to the FDA have increased. Researchers noted a 78-percent increase to 706 in 2015 followed by an astounding 200-percent surge to 1,591 in 2016.

Among the most commonly reported products were hair care products, which accounted for 35 percent of all adverse events reported, and skin care products, accounting for 22 percent of all complaints.

Study Reveals Need for Beauty Product Regulation

According to the authors of the study, their data may actually underestimate the total number of adverse events associated with personal care products as the reporting of side effects is not mandatory. This means companies and manufacturers have no obligation to share complaints they have received with the FDA.

The researchers also suggested that increased surveillance and regulation of cosmetic and personal care products is needed.

In the mean time, consumers should read labels and only make purchases from companies with established reputations for quality.

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