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Active Ingredients in Lipsticks and Anhydrous Products - Part 1

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Jan 12, 2007

The use of active ingredients in lipsticks and other anhydrous products has become more popular in recent years. But what do we consider active ingredients? According to the FDA, active ingredients are those which are considered raw materials that act like drugs in OTC products such as sunscreens of which there are numerous, skin protectants such as dimethicone, or anti-acne preparations with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. But there are also ingredients that serve a function for which no OTC claim must be made. These ingredients are also functional as antioxidants, emollients, and anti-inflammatory agents. These can be considered active ingredients and not necessarily OTC ingredients. The problem with any active ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products is that most of them are water soluble and do not lend themselves to anhydrous systems such as lipsticks, lip glosses and concealers. In order to make claims for these anhydrous products, it is necessary to locate lipophillic ingredients that will be compatible in these systems.

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