Monday, August 20, 2012

Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Report It

The FDA is asking all consumers to report any bad reaction to cosmetics, whether that be a negative reaction to makeup or a personal hygiene product. Though most personal care products are safe, some cause problems, even fatal ones, and that’s when the the agency needs to get involved. “Even though these products are widely used, most don’t require FDA approval before they’re sold in stores, salons and at makeup counters,” says Linda Katz, M.D., director of the agency’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors. “Consumers are one of FDA’s most important resources when it comes to identifying problems.” 

The FDA defines “cosmetics” as products that are intended to be applied to the body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance. If you have any concerns about a cosmetic, contact MedWatch or call 1-800-332-1088. You can also contact the consumer complaint coordinator in your area. Katz suggests including the report the age, gender and  ethnicity of the user, as well as the name of the product and description of the reaction. For more information, click here