Lead Acetate- Annmarie Gianni’s Ingredient Watch List

Lead Acetate hair dye

This week, I want to share with you some information about Lead Acetate, a potentially dangerous ingredient that can be found in hair dyes. Strictly regulated in other parts of the world, the United States has yet to get on board and crack down on its use. Read on to find out more vital information, and learn how you can limit your exposure!

Lead Acetate- What is it?

Used in primarily in progressive hair dyes, lead acetate is an inorganic salt. This ingredient has been linked to many serious health issues, and has been banned for use throughout the European Union. In 2005, Canada also prohibited its use in cosmetic products. In the United States, the only major limitation placed on lead acetate is that it is not for use in cosmetics used around the eye area.

Lead acetate is a carcinogen, and has also been known to cause issues in reproductive health. Some research has shown lead acetate to cause mutations and birth defects. Also, it  has caused some fertility problems in both men and women when studied by doctors and scientists, but information is somewhat limited on these problems. It is also known by the names lead diacetate, acetic acid, lead salt, and dibasic lead acetate, just to name a few.

Where can Lead Acetate be Found?

Lead acetate is used mostly in progressive hair dyes. Grecian Formula is one of the chief brands that still uses this ingredient. Most of the dyes that contain lead acetate are marketed for men, but it may still be present in other types. As always, I recommend reading all labels and paying close attention to the ingredients that are used. Also, using henna dyes is usually a very safe way to dye your hair, henna dyes often include very natural ingredients.

Much Love,

Annmarie Gianni

“Teaching People About Beauty From the Inside Out”

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