Reaction to henna

From morning until night—styling our hair for work to showering before bed—Americans depend upon personal care products. Most are safe, but some may cause problems, and that’s when FDA gets involved.
FDA collects information about consumers’ bad reactions to products it regulates. If you have a reaction to a beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup product, FDA wants to hear from you.
In this 30-minute webinar, learn:

  • how FDA regulates cosmetics and monitors their safety
  • steps consumers can take to minimize their chances of having a bad reaction to a cosmetic
  • how to report a bad reaction to a cosmetic
  • how this information helps FDA in its public health mission.

An opportunity to ask questions will follow the presentation.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m. ET    (3o minutes)

Where: To join the webinar, see the instructions here. Webinar slides are posted here also.

Host: FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors
Featured speakers: Interdisciplinary Scientist Wendy Good, Ph.D., and Policy Fellow Jon Hicks, M.P.P, both from FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors
This webinar is part of a series of online sessions hosted by different FDA centers and offices. The series is part of FDA Basics, a Web-based resource aimed at helping the public better understand what the agency does.



How the FDA controls cosmetics is different from other products that are regulated by the agency, such as drugs and medical devices. Why aren't cosmetics held to the same standards? Must someone have a bad reaction before they change their policies?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the FDA's job to screen beauty products before they go public? Why would harsh reactions still occur if they regulate these products carefully? Perhaps they should be more stringent when it comes to regulating beauty products.

Our skin is getting more and more sensitive these days. On the news in Australia, I heard that women are buying their cosmetics and makeup at markets because they are cheaper. Most of the makeup sold out in the weekend markets are passed it's expiry date and are causing major reactions - be careful!

If consummers were able to respond to the warnings of FDA about products , a lot of health risk would be averted. EDITOR's NOTE: Actually there is a way for consumers to report this: visit

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