EU approves zinc oxide and potassium hydroxide for use in cosmetics

EU approves zinc oxide and potassium hydroxide for use in cosmetics

The EU Commission has published two regulations, amending its cosmetics legislation to allow the use of zinc oxide and potassium hydroxide in certain cosmetic products from May 21, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

Potassium hydroxide will be approved for use in products to soften or remove calluses up to a maximum concentration of 1.5 percent weight by weight, although labels must carry a message warning consumers to avoid contact with the eyes.

Zinc oxide, meanwhile, can be used as a UV filter, both in its nano- and non-nano form with concentration limited to 25 percent as long as the product will not be applied in such a way that it could be inhaled by the end-user.  

 

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