Skin Deep Database

In our daily lives, we all use personal care products. If you’ve ever wondered about the ingredients in these products, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database reviews and rates millions of products on a scale of 0 for least toxic, or the lowest load of objectionable ingredients, to 10 for those products deemed the least safe/cancer causing, etc..

The FDA does not regulate the personal products or makeup industries, and companies often use whatever ingredient they wish to, such as industrial chemicals, regardless whether or not they are safe. Currently, the database reviews and rates 55,943 products,7,311 ingredients, 2,524 brands, and 1,697 companies.

According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition,
Cosmetics are the least regulated products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The FFDCA does not require pre-market safety testing, review, or approval for cosmetics. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursues enforcement action only after the cosmetic enters into the stream of commerce or sometimes after it is on the shelf. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 of the chemicals available for use in cosmetics have been reported to the government as toxic substances. A U. S. General Accounting Office report notes that the FDA has committed no resources for assessing the safety problems of those chemicals which have been found to cause genetic damage, biological mutations, and cancer. Because of minimal regulation, products plainly dangerous to your health can be, and are being, sold.