New restrictions for Salicylic acid

On March 12, 2020 the European Commission issued a Corrigendum to its Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) amendment from November 2019. The update is regarding Salicylic acid, a well-known cosmetic ingredient used for its antidandruff, hair and skin conditioning and keratolytic properties.

Salicylic acid – what changed?

The Corrigendum concerns Salicylic acid when used for purposes other than preserving the cosmetic product. The ingredient is allowed:

  • In rinse-off hair products with maximum concentration of 3%;
  • In other products except body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, roll-on deodorant with maximum concentration of 2%.

The Corrigendum goes on to prohibit the use of Salicylic acid in:

  • Products for children under 3 years of age;
  • Applications that may lead to exposure of the end- user’s lungs by inhalation;
  • Oral products.

When used a preservative, Salicylic acid is allowed with maximum concentration of 0.5% in products not intended for children under 3 years of age.

Efrosina Zhivkova

Expert Consultant at Regulatory Affairs Department


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