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  • New retinol regulation in EU

    Posted by fareloz on June 23, 2023 at 4:46 am

    Have you seen that retinol content in face products now is limited to 0.3%? Does it affects you and what are you thoughts on this? Do you think it is a reasonable limitation?

    Juggsy replied 7 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Perry44

    June 23, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Do you have a link to the new regulation?

    I don’t expect retinol to have a big impact on performance so the only impact I think it will have is that retinol containing products will be less irritating to more people.

    • fareloz

      June 23, 2023 at 7:35 am

      Here is a link to reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/EuroSkincare/comments/14d4xyp/retinol_ban_in_the_eu/

      The title is a bit wrong, but It contains links to documents.

      This news is also all around social networks right now. The rationale is that EU lowered the rate due to people’s overall consumption of Vitamin A (including food).

      If it doesn’t do much, why to regulate it then?)

      • Perry44

        June 23, 2023 at 9:14 am

        Well, it does something in terms of skin irritation. So, it makes sense to regulate it.
        I meant it doesn’t do much in terms of consumer benefit.

  • Juggsy

    July 5, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    It’s not new. The SCCS updated their opinion on retinol in 2016.

    When you search CosIng - for retinol - you can clearly see that there’s an SCCS opinion - which needs to be checked when researching.


    • fareloz

      July 6, 2023 at 8:23 am

      As I understood from media, now it affects products, meaning it is not possible to sell a product with retinol > 0.3% in EU. Previously, it was possible

      • Juggsy

        July 6, 2023 at 9:00 pm

        I’m sure it’s been a while? Not arguing with you, please understand that. I’m just confused as my cousin gets my sister to send her retinol from here to the UK - she’s been doing for a while. I thought they revised it again last year?

        Maybe they are just cracking down on it more? Where did the information for that weird IG dude come from? I’m not going to watch his IG - he frustrates me as most skinfluencers do.

        I can’t see any updates on the site https://health.ec.europa.eu/scientific-committees/scientific-committee-consumer-safety-sccs_en that have happened this year? nor on https://cosmeticseurope.eu/news-events/
        the only thing I saw that could be related was COSMILE was launched back in february - so people now might understand their ingredients better? I know you have been able to use CosIng but I don’t think the general public would understand this. I know they did the review thing last year but that’s still not new?

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