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Cosmetics is a topic that includes the appearance-enhancing techniques that beauticians do, plus the medical equipment (such as lasers) and procedures available for decreasing or removing skin discolorations, minor birthmarks, freckles, wrinkles, tattoos, age spots, scars, body hair, facial hair, etc...

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Dr. Raj Syal answered:

Are all cosmetics safe?

No

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When you say all, the answer is always no. There are cosmetics that can cause skin irritaion, rash, etc. on some people.
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Dr. Steven Chen answered:

Are cosmetics safe for you?

Safe Cosmetics

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Depends on whether you have allergies to particular substances that may be in a cosmetic and the amount of allergen the cosmetic may contain. Consider going to a physicial who treats allergies to be evaluated if there is a history in your family or if you believe you have an allergy to cosmetics or if you have had an allergic reaction in the past.
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Dr. David L. Finke answered:

Could cosmetics cause acne?

Yes

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Use non-comedogenic products that won't cause clogged pores.
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Dr. Suman Das answered:

How long do cosmetics last for?

Depends.

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Are you asking about shelf life of the cosmetics or once they are applied on you? The pharmaceutical companies will answer them better than any of us.
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Why is mercury in some cosmetics?

Color

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Many metals are added to cosmetics to produce the pigment (color) of the product. It is a very small amount but if you are a minimalist in terms of exposures, you may want to rethink the use of these products. Explore alternatives online for metal-free cosmetics.
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How long do cosmetics last safely?

Check the Label

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If cosmetics have active or prescription ingredients, some of them can degrade over time and actually change into other things that may have a different or unintended effect on your body. That is why medications and skin care products carry an expiration date. Some topicals may also grow bacteria over time and could result in unwanted infection. Best to follow the instruction on the label.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

are lip stain cosmetics bad for lips?

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Haven't heard of any bad side effects from lip stain instead of lipstick, except that lip stains can have a drying effect on lips. Also, some people report that darker colors of lip stain can leave the lips darker for a while, whereas lipstick comes off.
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Does FDA control cosmetics from abroad?

No

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What's in cosmetics made or sold in US?

Research

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You can research the profiles of US cosmetics at the Environmenta Working Group http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
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What sort of items are called cosmetics?

Cosmetics

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Agents applied to the skin to cause an immediate change in the skin's color or texture are cosmetics.
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