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FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake

Today's Chemical:
FD&C Yellow Aluminum Lake

EWG Risk Score:

What is it?
This is an artificial color derived from coal tar.

Why is it a risk?
FD& C Yellow Aluminum Lake is known to be a reproductive toxin and hazardous to the nervous system. Also known as tartrazine, it's a suspected cause of asthma, dermatitis, and other allergic and inflammatory responses.

What type of products is it found in?
Eye shadow, blush, nail polish, mascara, lip balm, facial powder, lipstick, lip liner, sunscreens

Companies that use this chemical:
Please review product labels for current ingredient information.

  • MAC
  • Hard Candy
  • Boots
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Revlon
  • Pysicians Formula
  • Max Factor
  • Cover Girl
  • Avon
  • ULTA
  • Almay
  • Bonne Bell
  • Clinique
  • L'Oreal

Steph's Opinion:
Any FD&C color is basically junk food for your skin. Although it's not one of the worst chemicals out there, it's not beneficial in any way. In over 1900 products, it's disheartening to know that so many companies use it needlessly when there are so many other alternatives for coloring that are natural and safe.



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Reader Comments (19)

Thank-you for sharing this insightful article. I recently discovered that FD&C Yellow Aluminum Lake was one of the ingredients in the daily multi-vitamin tablets I was taking last month. Meep. :S

Wed, December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Also in Fiber Choice plus calcium :(

Wed, April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjewels

Also used in opoid pain medication (cancer, chronic pain) made by Activas Pharnaceuticals.

Thu, July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMAC

You only mention Aluminum Lake in topicals, however I find it in Centrum vitamins so it is taken internally. How good is that?

Tue, July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Wolfman

And get this! Aluminum lake is put into "St. Joseph Aspirin for Children." Thank you! - Oh, thank you, THANK YOU - Corporate Clowns !

Sun, January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Aluminum Lake is also in a water pill called Pms- Hydrochlorothiazide used for treating high blood pressure.

Tue, April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee

It is also in Thyroid medication (synthroid ) Levothyroxine. OMG .

Wed, January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjunie

also in makeup: and Nail Polishes and Sunscreen!!!
-Bare Escentuals
-Pysicians Formula
-Max Factor
-Bonnie Bell

Wed, February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

It's also found in my generic Zyrtec that I got BJ's.

Wed, July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe

It's also in National Mango Custard along with artificial mango flavoring. Why?

Mon, November 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Check ur SPRING VALLEY vitamins sold at WALMART. Not good!

Sun, December 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Jon

My husband has Alzheimer's, I try very hard to keep him away from anything that says aluminum in it. He got on a kick of taking a dollar store laxative,bisacodyl, 5 mg. I'm trying very hard to get him to drink more water, a challenge. So today I looked up some of the ingredients, this product has D&C yellow #10 aluminum lake,yellow 6 aluminum lake. I hope if he will drink water, he can stop these laxatives, good luck. Since I try very hard to keep him on a healthy eating diet, his disease hasn't progressed a lot. He has had it for 5 1/2 years. Wish people didn't have to have a pretty pill to take, then maybe company's wouldn't have to put color in everything. More color, more dye. Parents watch out for those pretty colored cupcakes.

Fri, January 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGayl

I've just noticed it in a Spring Valley product from Walmart that otherwise seems OK unless one has very damaged digestive mucousal lining.
Also noticed aluminium as an ingredient in one Walmart fresh bread variety ( but not in another Walmart fresh bread variety ).
All these should be removed from all food & cosmetics, just in case there is a causal link between absorbing aluminium & developing dementia in one's final years.
The decline of one's abilities in the final years is bad enough without this and any other avoidable risks.

Sat, May 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Dashevici

also in mucinex

Mon, February 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrollcall

In Letrozole a hormonal therapy treatment pill for breast cancer patients

Sun, October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

It's also in PERPHENAZINE/AMITRIPTYLINE 4/25 TABLETS,which my DO prescribed for a rash, and on the 6th day, before I got in the shower, I noticed I had big round raised rashes all over my body. I'm not taking it again. I'm not a guinea pig!

Sun, October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

I try to avoid anything with Aluminum that effects memory. I am also looking for additives that bring on or effect Padgett's disease.

Mon, November 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbmuel

the FD&C Yellow No.5 Lake & FD&C Yellow No.6 Lake

Sun, November 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdr holman

Its also a ingredient in vaccines.

Thu, September 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJo

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