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Making Sense of Safety Information

From Confusion to Clarity

You are bombarded every day with often conflicting reports about new research on the health impact of your daily choices. In the age of information overload, it can be very difficult to determine when to dismiss a new safety report and when to take notice. The best thing to do when confronted with confusing information is to ask questions! We have provided answers to commonly asked questions that can help you better understand cosmetic safety information.

Tools to Evaluate Safety Information provides answers to the following questions:

  • Is it true? Debunking internet rumors and hoaxes.
  • Is the report based on sound science? How do I determine whether the study matters? 
  • What is the context of the reported danger? What is the big picture?
  • Where does the "Weight of Evidence" lead?

We are providing these facts and tools to guide you in the evaluation of safety-related reports so you are equipped with more information to make informed decisions about the use of consumer products. To learn more about understanding health information, please read "A Consumer's Guide for Taking Charge of Health Information" by Dr. Kimberly Thompson, Harvard School of Public Health.

What aspects of cosmetic safety should I be worried about?

  • Sharing cosmetics with others can result in the transfer of microbes from one person to another. This can lead to the transfer of eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, or various skin infections.
  • Diluting cosmetics can also dilute their preservative system and introduce contamination of microbes. 

High Profile Ingredients:

P&G Beauty & Grooming facilitates an open relationship with consumers regarding products and product safety. Several popular topics include: 


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