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Are cosmetics regulated?

Cosmetics do not need U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for efficacy before they are sold to the public. They must conform to certain regulations -- for example, color additives must be FDA-approved and certain substances deemed harmful must not be used -- but the FDA does not perform or review product safety testing on cosmetics. Cosmetics companies are required to do this on their own. The FDA also does not test how well a product works, nor does it require companies to test the efficacy of their own products.

Because of this, it's possible that claims made by cosmetics companies regarding how safe or effective a product is may be unsubstantiated or untrue.

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