In a move that will hopefully be seen as a step towards wider awareness of the issue, a spokesperson for the National Health and Medical Research Council has said that the “Skin Care Production Act” was designed to prevent further deaths.
The Act, which passed the House of Commons in March and is now the law of the land in the UK, was introduced to address the growing concern over the safety of cosmetics containing ingredients that contain potentially toxic chemicals, as well as the increasing popularity of cosmetics that contain skin-care products.
It came in response to the deaths of a woman who died in March 2016 from skin cancer after eating skin care products containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, a synthetic chemical that can increase the risk of skin cancer.
In the same month, a woman from Denmark was diagnosed with skin cancer when she used a product made from salicyacetic acid.
In August, a British man died from skin and lung cancer after consuming products made from the same chemicals.
The NHS has launched an awareness campaign for its cosmetics to help reduce the deaths, with a call for people to “avoid using cosmetics containing salicyacid and its derivatives, which contain chemicals that may increase the rate of skin cancers”.
It comes as it was revealed that the Food Standards Agency has received over 3,000 reports of the use of salicyic acid in cosmetic products, with over 700 people being diagnosed with the chemical and two deaths linked to it.
The FDA says it has taken a “thorough look at salicyolactones in cosmetic and personal care products”, and is currently “monitoring products for salicylc acids”.
In the meantime, the FDA has announced a review of the “Salicylic Acid Safety” programme, which was set up to improve the safety and efficacy of salicylates.
The agency has also decided to ban the use and manufacture of salicone derivatives in cosmetics and personal-care formulations.
On Tuesday, a new study showed that salicyyl-based cosmetics contain up to 2,700 times more salicylates than the maximum allowable level of salinic acid.
The UK Food Standards agency also announced a crackdown on saliclic acid in cosmetics that has been linked to cancer, heart disease and skin conditions.