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Does Clean Makeup Have Pfas?

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If you’re like me, you probably wear makeup every day.

While it’s not the healthiest habit, there are some benefits to wearing makeup (especially if it goes on smoothly and stays put all day).

But those benefits can be outweighed by the downsides: a full face of makeup can lead to breakouts, irritation, or allergic reactions in some people—all because of one ingredient called phthalates.

Does Clean Makeup Have Pfas?

So what are pfas?

Pfas are a group of man-made chemicals used in many different products, including makeup.

They’re found in nonstick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics and furniture, car tires and other rubber products, firefighting foam—you get the idea.

Although they’re less common now than they once were—and starting to be phased out of some products—pfas are still widely used across many industries.

In fact, there are no federal regulations on how much exposure we should have to these chemicals each day (or week or month).

Why aren’t pfas good for you?

Because there is evidence that links them to health problems like low birth weight and developmental issues.

Studies have shown that even low levels of these compounds can lead to increased risk for breast cancer (in women) as well as thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (in both men and women).

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How Do You Know if Pfas is in Your Makeup?

The following are some of the most common ways to know if there are Pfas in your makeup:

1. Look at the ingredient list

The first is to look at the ingredient list of your makeup products.

If you see “perfluorooctanoic acid” or “perfluorooctanoic acid salts” on the label, then you have some form of PFAS in your makeup product.

2. Check for the presence of PFOA or PFOS

The second way is to look at the ingredients list on the product label and see if it contains any type of chemical that starts with PFOA or PFOS.

These two chemicals are known as perfluorinated carboxylic acids, which are used to make many types of consumer products like food packaging, nonstick cookware, and clothing stain repellants.

3. Check for a warning

The third way is to look for a warning label on your makeup product that says it contains PFAS chemicals, such as “contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

4. Check for fluoropolymers or fluoroplastics

The fourth way is to check whether your makeup contains fluoropolymers or fluoroplastics, which also contain PFAS chemicals as part of their processing process.

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5. Look for products labeled as “organic” or “natural.”

These are sometimes made from plants, which don’t contain PFAS compounds to begin with (except for one type called PFOA).

Also, look for products labeled as non-comedogenic (which means they won’t clog pores).

Some brands have started labeling themselves as being free of PFAS compounds on their websites as well as on their packaging.

6. Check online reviews

Another way to find out if PFAs are in your makeup is by checking online reviews of products or brands that you like and trust.

If people report experiencing adverse reactions after using certain products, then it’s likely that they contain PFAs and/or other chemicals known to cause irritation and inflammation (like parabens).

What Makeup Does Not Contain Pfas?

  • Makeup that is labeled as 100% natural.
  • Makeup that is labeled as vegan.
  • Makeup that is labeled as cruelty-free.
  • Makeup that is labeled as non-toxic or non-GMO (made without harmful chemicals and genetically modified ingredients).
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What Common Makeup Products Have Pfas?

The following 8 common makeup products have been found to contain PFAS:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Concealer sticks
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner pencils
  • Mascara tubes and wands (including waterproof versions)
  • Lipstick tubes and wands (including matte shades)

What Cosmetic Brands Contain Pfas?

The short answer is that many major cosmetic brands contain ingredients that are considered to be PFAAs.

This includes well-known brands like Estee Lauder, Lancome, MAC, Maybelline, NARS, and Tom Ford.

Even some more natural or organic makeup brands have PFAAS in their products such as Bare Minerals and Bobbi Brown.

The list goes on but you get the idea.

We’re not saying that this information is new or groundbreaking.

We all knew there was a chance of finding PFAAS in our makeup—but it’s still important to know what you’re using and if it contains these chemicals so you can make an informed decision about what goes on your face every day!

Final Thoughts

We hope that we’ve helped you understand the dangers of PFAS in cosmetics and how to find safer alternatives!

If you want to learn more about pfas, check out our other posts.