Your Lipstick Has Lead In It. Should You Be Worried?

Your Lipstick Has Lead In It. Should You Be Worried?

Your lipstick probably has lead in it.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded a 2007 test for lead in lipsticks and found trace amounts in 400 different kinds.

But don't pitch that makeup just yet—it's not as bad as it sounds.

Which Sticks Le(a)d the Pack?

There isn't a federal standard for lead in lipstick, which is measured in parts per million (ppm), a microscopic unit of measurement used most frequently in science and engineering, but the cosmetic industry accepts any concentration of lead under 10 ppm.

(We have reviewed safe toxin-free makeup in the past. Check out our favorite picks!)

Interestingly, there is a relevant regulation for lead content: the amount of lead allowed in candy. That number is .1 ppm, and The Consumerist reports that 380 of the 400 lipsticks with lead contained at least that much. Of course, we don't nibble on a tube of lipstick at the movies, but any lipstick-wearer knows that we consume a decent amount of it during the average workday. The FDA isn't concerned, as they claim the volume of lipstick consumption is nowhere near that of candy ... which is probably true.

The worst offenders were brands such as L'Oréal, Maybelline, NARS, Covergirl and Stargazer, as listed in this chart of the 15 lipsticks with the highest concentration of lead from the FDA.

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via The Consumerist

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