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AHA Labeling Exemptions, Minimum Threshold Urged By CTFA

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Alpha hydroxy acid "sunburn alert" labeling requirements should not apply to certain products depending on their use or if they fall below a specific AHA concentration threshold, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association maintains in Jan. 31 comments to FDA

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AHA comments

Use of lactic acid or citric acid in concentrations below .3% in cosmetics should be exempted from FDA's alpha hydroxy acid labeling guidance, Win Chiou, PhD, University of Illinois, says in March 25 comments to the agency. Two compounds are expected to be safe at low concentrations and often are used as electrolytes, nutrients or buffering agents, Chiou adds. Comments echo those submitted by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association in January (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 10, 2003, p. 3)...

AHA comments

Use of lactic acid or citric acid in concentrations below .3% in cosmetics should be exempted from FDA's alpha hydroxy acid labeling guidance, Win Chiou, PhD, University of Illinois, says in March 25 comments to the agency. Two compounds are expected to be safe at low concentrations and often are used as electrolytes, nutrients or buffering agents, Chiou adds. Comments echo those submitted by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association in January (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 10, 2003, p. 3)...

AHA labeling

Access Business Group urges FDA to exempt alpha hydroxy acid-containing cosmetics from proposed "sunburn alert" labeling if they demonstrate no increased likelihood of sun sensitivity. Division of Alticor, which markets cosmetics and toiletries under the Artistry and Alticor brand names via Amway and e-commerce venture Quixtar, Access Business Group submitted study results demonstrating that "properly formulated product can show no statistical difference in sun sensitivity from untreated skin." Study results, first presented at American Academy of Dermatology meeting in 1999, demonstrate mean erythema scores for sites treated with 3.3%-5% lactic acid and pH ranging from 4-4.5 were not significantly different from irradiated untreated control sites and control site abraded with loofah sponge. CTFA has recommended cosmetics formulated with 1% AHAs be exempted (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 10, 2003, p. 3)...

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