Website for Cosmetic Ingredient’s Toxicity

 In Editorial / Opinion, Environmental Medicine

Mitch Kennedy, ND

Did you know the government cannot mandate safety studies of cosmetics? Only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients FDA has documented in products have been assessed for safety by the cosmetic industry’s review panel. The exemplary environmental organization, Environmental Working Group, has delved into this issue of toxic cosmetics and developed a public database. Skin Deep is a personal care product safety guide with in-depth information on 14,228 products—988 brands of lotion, lip balm, deodorant, sunscreen and other popular products—and the 6,923 ingredients that form them. With its core of 37 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer products.


Mitch Kennedy, ND has a family practice in Avon, CT, and is the first ND with clinical privileges at the University of Connecticut, a teaching hospital. Before graduation from Southwest College, Kennedy earned an international reputation as a leader in pollution prevention, showing industries around the world how preventing pollution saves money.

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