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Are all "personal care products" regulated as cosmetics?

People often use the term "personal care products" to refer to a wide variety of items that we commonly find in the health and beauty departments of drug and department stores. These products may fall into a number of different categories under the law.

Products intended to cleanse or beautify are generally regulated as cosmetics. 

Some examples are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants.

Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much?

Cosmetics factories spend a lot of money on creams, lotions and other cosmetics that promise to improve their skin, hair, and even eyelashes. But some times they fail to achieve these goals.

Cosmetics or Drugs?

Cosmetics defined as a product designed for “cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.

A drug is defined, in part, as a product “intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease," or “intended to affect the structure or any function of the body.” Drugs generally are subject to LAW's, review and approval before they can be marketed.

Some products are both cosmetics and drugs. Examples include anti-dandruff shampoos and antiperspirant-deodorants, as well as makeup with SPF (sun protection factor) numbers. They must meet the requirements for both cosmetics and drugs, as applicable.