Well here we are again: The FDA found asbestos in three makeup products sold at Claire’s and is calling on Congress to pass new laws enabling the government agency to tighten regulations on the cosmetics industry.
Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer. It’s the thing contractors hope not to find on every HGTV home renovation show when they flip an old house, and rightfully so because it can kill you. Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that are inhaled and can then cause four types of cancer: Lung, Ovarian, Laryngeal, and Mesothelioma.
As far as the beauty industry is concerned, asbestos can be found in products containing talc. Most recently Johnson & Johnson was in the headlines after a jury ordered them to pay $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women who filed lawsuits claiming that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder caused ovarian cancer.
A big part of Beautycounter’s mission includes advocating for safer laws and more regulation. You can read more about their advocacy efforts here. In the meantime, don’t buy makeup for you teen (or you) at Claire’s and shop Beautycounter’s line of cleaner, safer makeup with ingredient transparency.