inactive ingredient


The list of inactive ingredients is the part of an ingredient label that is not regulated by the FDA, other than the requirement that it be a complete list of the contents in descending order of concentration; that is, the ingredient with the largest concentration is listed first, then the next largest, and so forth. If it’s an over-the-counter drug product made in the United States, an alphabetical list of inactive ingredients is acceptable. Thousands and thousands of inactive ingredients are used in cosmetics, and there is controversy about how truly inactive some of these substances are in regard to safety as well as about their long-term and short-term effects on skin or the human body.

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