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AHA labeling

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

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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