House Reps. Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Ban Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics And Personal Care Products

An employee of the Apivita ecological cosmetic company checks products at the company workshops in Markopoulo, south of Athens, on February 2, 2015. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images

OAN’s Stephanie Myers
11:22 AM – Friday, May 10, 2024

Two House lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation to ban toxic chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. 


Representatives Anna Paulina Luna (R- Fla.) and Yadira Caraveo (D- Colo.) unveiled the No Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Act on Friday. It aims to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to declare cosmetics and sunscreens containing parabens as adulterated. 

“The parabens lurking in our products is causing a lot of damage. They’re in our sunscreens, our lotions, makeup especially, and yet we’re doing nothing about it, which is completely outrageous,” Luna said in a YouTube video. 

Luna continued explaining how cosmetics and personal care products containing dangerous chemicals are being marketed and sold to Americans with little to zero regulation. 

Caraveo, a physician, said that she’s concerned about the potentially harmful parabens, which can cause skin cancer, hormonal disruption, and even birth defects.

“The dire reality is that nearly every adult in the U.S. displays traces of paraben contamination,” Caraveo wrote. 

Representative Troy Nehls (R- Texas) also joined the bipartisan duo as an original co-sponsor of the bill, citing his support as a father of three daughters. 

“It is extremely concerning that our country has not taken action to protect consumers from harmful chemicals like parabens, which are found in cosmetic products,” Nehls wrote.

In recent years, researchers have sounded the alarm about cancer-causing or potentially toxic chemicals found in a variety of products, including sunscreen, dry shampoo, and deodorant. 

Experts believe this explains the rise of consumer demand for “clean” products that are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, among other chemicals. 

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