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The use of aluminum salts in antiperspirants is safe for health according to the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety

The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (CSSC), an independent expert committee attached to the European Commission, has just issued its final opinion on the use of aluminum in cosmetic products: it considers the use of aluminum in antiperspirants, toothpastes and lipsticks, in the usual concentrations of marketed formulas.

By taking into account all the exposure routes (oral, cutaneous, respiratory) of these three types of associated products, the calculated safety margin is always greater than 2000. This means that the quantity of aluminum at which the consumer is exposed is at least 2000 times lower than the dose identified as not causing toxicological effects.

The CSSC considers that exposure to aluminum through the daily application of cosmetic products does not significantly increase the daily intake of aluminum.

This opinion supplements and updates the previous opinion of 2014. It analyzes the latest scientific data including those obtained by three studies, two of which date from 2020. These latest results show, among other things, that the aluminum contained in antiperspirant products is neither absorbed nor stored through the skin. In addition, all the latest evaluations and bibliographies carried out up to 2017 by other scientific committees have been reviewed and confirm that aluminum in cosmetic products does not play any role in breast cancer.

The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety is an independent committee from the European Commission, made up of seventeen members who are experts in chemistry and toxicology and known for the rigor of its scientific analyzes. 

For Anne Dux, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at FEBEA : “This study brings to a close more than ten years of anxiety-provoking controversies for consumers who use antiperspirants. The European opinion, which has just been issued after an extremely rigorous procedure, can completely reassure users of these products, which are both safe and effective. "

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