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American women who use cosmetics often take their safety for granted. However, the FDA watches cosmetic products closely, to keep them safe for use on women's faces, eyes, skin, hair and other sensitive areas of the body. The FDA Office of Women's Health encourages women to stay informed about the safety of cosmetic products.

Information from the FDA

Cosmetics Home Page
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (or Is It Soap?)
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Cosmetics (Fact Sheet)
Office of Women's Health

Clearing Up Cosmetic Confusion (FDA Consumer magazine)

Science Meets Beauty: Using Medicine to Improve Appearances (FDA Consumer magazine)

Heading Off Hair-Care Disasters: Use Caution With Relaxers and Dyes (FDA Consumer magazine)

Liposuction Information
Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Cosmetic Laser Surgery: A High-Tech Weapon in the Fight Against Aging Skin (FDA Consumer magazine)

Information from Other Government Agencies

Cosmetics and Your Health
National Women's Health Information Center

Cosmetic Surgery
From the National Women's Health Information Center

Skin, Hair and Nails
National Institutes of Health

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