Hair-Raising Ordeal Draws Attention to Lack of Oversight of Cosmetics, Personal Care Products

Center for Progressive Reform 2016-11-05


Last year, consumers linked Wen hair products to sudden and dramatic hair loss. The story generated a flurry of national coverage and spurred increased interest in just how closely the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates our cosmetic products. Indeed, Wen hair products are not alone in causing dangerous side effects and containing disconcerting ingredients: Consumers have raised alarms over formaldehyde in hair straightening products, mercury in skin creams, and an array of toxic chemicals in children's face paint, including lead, cadmium, toluene, formaldehyde, and others.


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Mollie Rosenzweig

Date tagged:

11/05/2016, 10:36

Date published:

11/01/2016, 10:15