While wingnuts like the EWG seek to squash US producers of safe cosmetics, we’re importing boatloads of mercury. Great.
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Some skin whitening creams contain toxic mercury, testing finds

High levels found as products gain popularity worldwide


Some creams promising to lighten skin, eliminate age spots and zap freckles contain high levels of mercury, a toxic metal that can cause severe health problems, a Tribune investigation has found.

The newspaper sent 50 skin-lightening creams to a certified lab for testing, most of them bought in Chicago stores and a few ordered online. Six were found to contain amounts of mercury banned by federal law.

Of those, five had more than 6,000 parts per million — enough to potentially cause kidney damage over time, according to a medical expert.

The Food and Drug Administration banned mercury in skin-bleaching or lightening products in 1990, but the agency rarely tests the products to see if consumers are at risk. The Tribune’s tests — among only a handful ever conducted — show that tainted products are still readily available.
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August 6, 2009 | 0 comments

Do Cosmetic Companies Still Test on Live Animals?

A brief history of Draize testing, and an update on its use today


bunny eye
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..previous use as anti-cancer drug will preclude this from being used in cosmetics. On the other hand, I’m surprised there aren’t more prescription anti-aging products.
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Topical anti-cancer drug could have anti-aging potential


An anti-cancer drug could improve wrinkles and age spots by a mechanism similar to laser resurfacing, according to a study by American researchers.


Topical application of the drug fluorouracil is used to reduce potentially precancerous skin patches called actinic keratoses, according to the study published in the Archives of Dermatology.


After such treatment, improvements have been seen in photoaged skin, write the authors led by Dana Sachs at the University of Michigan, leading to the current study that attempts to characterise in more detail these potentially positive side effects.

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Let me say that again: this has potential to be a game-changer. We’re talking paradigm shift, folks.
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News in brief

Laser anti-wrinkle device gets FDA approval

10-Jun-2009

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Palomar Medical Technologies has announced that the FDA gave it clearance to sell its home-use laser device direct to consumers without a prescription.




The device was developed in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson and is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eye.


Commenting on the FDA decision Palomar CEO Joseph P. Caruso said: “This FDA clearance for a laser to treat wrinkles in the home opens up a tremendous opportunity to tap into the multi-billion dollar consumer skin care market with our patented technology.”


According to Reuters, Palomar’s share prices were trading up 21 per cent at $13.29 in Friday morning’s trading following the announcement.


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Would regular sunscreens do the same thing better, though?
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Antioxidants may reduce side effects from light-based procedures, says study
By Katie Bird , 09-Jun-2009


Applying antioxidant-rich formulations before and during a course of pulsed light therapy can help cut down negative side effects, according to a recent study.


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, along with other less invasive cosmetics procedures, is becoming increasingly popular as consumers attempt to fight the signs of aging.


However, the therapy can cause erythema (skin reddening) and oxidative stress along with blistering, and inflammation in some patients.

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Interesting way to approach aging skin!
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Skin’s “Tipping Point” Identified by P&G Researchers
Posted: May 22, 2009
P&G Beauty & Grooming scientists have identified the “skin tipping point” of skin aging and suggested topical ingredients that may slow this tipping point down.

P&G Beauty & Grooming scientists have identified the “skin tipping point” of skin aging and suggested topical ingredients that may slow this tipping point down. At the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Montreal on May 6-9, 2009, scientists from the company presented research that offers important insight on the skin aging process.

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…but I’m not 100% convinced by the ‘science’.
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Slide Show: The Science Behind 10 Natural Skin Remedies: Why They Work–Or Don’t

From hydrating to getting a good night’s sleep, two dermatologists explain which home treatments actually work–and why


By Katherine Harmon   

Editor’s Note: This story is part of an In-Depth Report on the science of beauty. Read more about the series here.
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