Max concentration of retinol allowed in a formula

jeremienjeremien Member
edited June 20 in Skin
Hi Everyone, 

This is a regulatory question. For cosmetic product is there a maximum of retinol that can be formulated in a cream.? I've seen that CIR concludes that retinol is safe up to 0,3%. Nevertheless, I can see many product with higher retinol concentration.



  • HerbnerdHerbnerd Member
    For which market?

    China for example, max 1% on leave on products, but no limit on rinse off products.
  • AbdullahAbdullah Member
    @Herbnerd are you in china? 
  • jeremienjeremien Member
    I am in Europe, but I would like to know the limitation of concentration in different geographical areas. I am mainly interested in face cream! Thanks for your help!
  • PaprikPaprik Member
    If you are in Europe, your best friend is CosIng. You can find all regulatory restrictions, limits and useful information. 

    Start at page 68 - Conclusion. But if you have problems with sleeping, read the whole Opinion document :D   
  • HerbnerdHerbnerd Member
    Abdullah said:
    @Herbnerd are you in china? 
    No - New Zealand. But I do work with a number of regs in China and the rest of Asia.
  • jeremienjeremien Member
    Thank you all! What I understand is that in Europe there is only this opinion, but there is no regulation  (Retinol is not in Annex III of the cosmetic regulation). So until the opinion enters the regulation, the concentration can be push over 0.3%
  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    @jeremien you'd struggle to find a safety assessor willing to sign it off, though
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
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