Asbestos in Makeup

Asbestos Found in Makeup for Teens

19 Apr 2018 Asbestos

Asbestos Found in Makeup for Teens


Claire’s is a popular retail chain that markets its products to children and teens. In 2017, a mother sent her daughter’s makeup palette she received as a gift to a laboratory. The results confirmed that asbestos was found in makeup for teens. It came back positive for tremolite asbestos which is a carcinogen. A similar company to Claire’s had also had their products pulled from shelves after a similar issue with asbestos being found in some of their makeup kits.

What is tremolite asbestos?

Tremolite asbestos is one of 6 minerals which are referred to as asbestos. They are called Chrysotile, amosite, tremolite, crocidolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. Chrysotile is the most commonly seen form of asbestos, found in buildings across the United States and Canada in structures built after the 1940’s. In additional laboratory testing, it was found and stated that the talc was certified asbestos free, and used by other big-name makeup companies.


Why is tremolite asbestos used?

The talc powder in these products was contaminated with tremolite asbestos. Talc is used in powder-based makeup products like face powders and eyeshadows due to its mattifying and oil-absorbing properties.


What can you do as a parent?

Although makeup products are less controlled than food products and medicine, they do still have certain regulations that must be followed. As a parent, the best thing to do would be not to purchase cheap makeup products specifically marketed towards children, or not let your child wear makeup at all. If you are comfortable with letting your child wear makeup, opt for organic, natural products – even if they are marketed towards adults, they are bound to be much healthier for your kids. Also, make sure to get rid of household items or parts that were there decades ago. Chances are, some of them might have asbestos in it as asbestos was widely used over the decades. Better yet, get an asbestos abatement professional to inspect asbestos presence in your home.



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