red 28

A synthetic coloring agent that utilizes a combination of colors to create its red hue. Also known as D&C Red No. 28, this coloring agent is certified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in drugs and cosmetics. Each batch must be certified before it is used in cosmetics, which ensures it meets quality and purity standards.

It’s considered safe in the concentrations used in cosmetics, but is not used in products meant for application around the eyes.

References for this information:

https://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/red-28-lake

https://www.fda.gov/forindustry/coloradditives/coloradditiveinventories/ucm106626.htm

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