Lead levels in lipstick are higher than previously reported according to a new study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The agency tested 20 (unidentified brands) lipsticks and found the amount of lead is up to four times higher than a study found two years ago, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
The main problem with the findings is that cosmetic companies are not required to list lead as an ingredient.
“No safe blood lead level has been identified,” said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency suggests avoiding all sources of lead exposure, including lipstick. Lead can build up in the body with exposure over time, especially if it’s exposed to it every day. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, because lead can cross the placenta and affect fetal brain development.
The take home message is simple, avoid lipsticks containing lead. Here is a list of 11 lipsticks that were lead-free in 2007.