POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 3:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 8:53am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A new report suggests more than four hundred types of lipstick contain trace amounts of lead, but whether this constitutes a health threat is still up for debate.
For many women, it's part of their daily routine: applying lipstick not once but several times throughout the day. But a new study by the US Food and Drug Administration is once again raising questions about the levels of lead found in many lipsticks.
That study found various amounts of led in four hundred lipsticks tested by the agency.
"Just because there's lead in lipstick does not mean that there's a danger,” Dr. Bruce Hensel, medical reporter, explained. “It takes a lot of lead over a long period of time to cause symptoms or damage."
Several health advocacy groups, including the campaign for safe cosmetics, say the FDA needs to do more to study the effects of lead in lipstick.
"They’ve spent the past five years looking at what are the levels of lead in lipstick, but they haven't done any kind of health impact study to look at what are the exposures women are getting from lipstick," Stacy Malkan, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said.
Of the four hundred lipsticks tested, L'oreal had five of the top ten highest levels, along with the pricey brand names.
One of the cheapest brands on the market, Wet-n-Wild, had a level so low it wasn't detectable, which means cost is not a factor.
"These studies that found lead in lipstick didn't look at lead levels in the blood or the brain at the same time, so we don't have a cause and effect or a correlation," Dr. Bruce Hensel, added.
In response to the study, L'oreal company representatives said "L'oreal maintains the highest standards for safety and consumers can use all of our products with complete confidence."
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