Is your skin care safe?
In a recent product safety survey conducted by
the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found it necessary to issue a recall on three cosmetics after testing found dangerous levels of microbial contamination.
Microbiological hazards occurr when cosmetic products are contaminated by micro organisms such as bacteria, mould and yeast and can cause diseases and serious
The ACCC surveyed 115 cosmetic products found in shops and online retailers, that were sent for microbiological testing against internationally set
recommended limits. The recalled cosmetics are Nude By Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation – various skin tones, Australian Lavender Essential Eye Cream and Australian Lavender Face Up, the Essential moisturiser.
According to ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard “The biggest concern with these particular cosmetic products is that they are intended for use around sensitive
areas, such as the eyes and lips.”
“Skin with acne, cuts or abrasions, or a week immune system, can also make the wearer more vulnerable to infections and diseases from the germs”
Preservatives are added to cosmetics to help reduce the risk of microbiological contamination but it is also important for cosmetic companies to ensure the effectiveness of these preservatives by conducting stability testing.
Consumers too can apply some safety tips to reduce the risk of contamination by:
Keeping cosmetics well-protected and containers clean
Do not dilute cosmetics with water, or expose cosmetics to hot conditions or sunlight.
Do not leave cosmetics open or allow cosmetics to become covered with dust or contaminated with dirt or soil.
Do not share cosmetics with others or use past the recommended expiry date.
If you have one of the recalled cosmetic products, stop using it immediately and return it to the point of sale for a full refund.
Read In Focus for more information about preservatives.