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PCPC Responds to Report of "Harmful Chemicals" in Beauty Products

Posted: March 13, 2012

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With regard to fragrances, the PCPC adds that multiple fragrance materials in a fragranced product is considered a "mixture," and that this is overlooked in the study. The paper reports as a significant finding that certain fragrance compounds are often detected together in the same product. Based upon how fragrances are developed, these are expected findings and raise no concern.

The PCPC supported the safety of such beauty ingredients as parabens, which function as preservatives to prevent the growth of pathogenic fungi and bacteria. In addition, it noted that UV filters and antimicrobials are critical to maintaining public health.

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