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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 (9)

    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

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