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Do You Think Lipstick Is Safe?

In 2007, the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics broke the news that out of 33 lipsticks they tested, 61 percent contained detectable levels of lead, a heavy metal known to cause health problems, like infertility and learning disabilities. But now, the FDA has some even more surprising data to throw into the mix. After analyzing 20 lipsticks using a newer method of study, they concluded that while each unit contained traces of lead, the results were, in fact, four times higher than the original outcome.

Currently, there are no set standards by the FDA regarding levels of lead in lipstick. This has the CSC hot on the FDA's case, especially since the average amount of lead is over 10 times higher than what the standard is for candy — an actual edible item. While obviously lipstick is not meant to be eaten, we all Inadvertently ingest a little every now and then. Are you concerned about the discovery of quantities of lead found in lipstick, or do you think with all of the other elements we are exposed to each day, a it's really not enough to worry about?

KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
That sucks; I'm a lipstick girl more than anything. :( I'm sure I don't ingest ungodly amounts of lead that it might poison me but it's still scary to know I'm putting that stuff on my lips.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
Forget the lead. Look at all the other horrible ingredients in there!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I thought lead laden makeup was a thing of the 1700's. Glad I don't wear a lot of lipstick then, I tend to stick to lipbalm.
Really? I've never thought of that. My mother has been using lipstick for so many years now and nothing really happened to her.
ObladiOblada ObladiOblada 8 years
It make you wonder just exactly what LEAD does for lipstick? Stay on longer? Stain the lips? Plump them? Added shine? OR if they didn't PUT lead in on purpose, WHAT INGREDIENT did they add with LEAD IN IT!!!??? And WHY isn't THE LIST here for us to see? Didn't they release the results to the public?
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
What brands and shades are they testing exactly? I think it was the red's that had the issue. Still, a great red lipstick is amazing!
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
Call me crazy, but I get a little nervous at the thought of rubbing anything with lead in it on my lips. Now, that doesn't stop me from putting on a little lipstick *occasionally*... but I'm glad that lipstick is not a daily habit for me.
StarObsolete StarObsolete 8 years
Wow 50/50! Personally, from those findings, I find it a bit scary. It's almost like lipstick passed over the radar...
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