The EU Commission Bans 25 New Skincare Ingredients

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The EU Commission has added 25 new skincare ingredients to its ban list. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

Unlike brand marketing, this is not fear mongering. This post is essential to keep you up to date on what should and shouldn’t be in your skincare

Regulatory bodies monitor skincare formulations and ingredient concentrations. This is fact and should ease anxiety about toxic beauty.

What is the EU commission?

The EU commission is a body who’s priority is instigating and implementing the EU’s policies. The President of this organisation is Ursula von Der Leyen.

How does the commission decide which ingredients to ban?

Scientific evidence is the deciding factor. The Risk Assessment Committee of the European Chemicals Agency carries out these assessments.

Upgrading the ban list is important because, the ingredients in the study, could be carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. Depending on their concentrations.

However, it is important to note that in some formulations and certain concentrations the ingredients are not toxic. Hence, there are exceptions for each ingredient.

What are the exceptions?

Silicone carbide fibres with diameter < 3 μm, length > 5 μm and aspect ratio ≥ 3:1 are banned. Water-soluble zinc salts with the exception of zinc 4- hydroxy-benzenesulphonate (entry 25) and zinc pyrithione.

Lastly, Sodium hydroxymethylamino acetate is not to be used if the maximum concentration of releasable formaldehyde, if the mixture as placed on the market is ≥ 0,1 %.

Click here to read the full journal entry.


The Official Journal of the European Union.

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

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