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.
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