The legality, safety and classification of certain AHA/BHA skin care productsI’ve spent a lot of time reading through this forum and now it’s pretty clear for me that products formulated with AHA and BHA are a very serious topic. But all of the discussions made me wonder about the status of certain skin care products that are currently on the market. More specifically:-The Ordinary’s 30% AHA + 2% BHA Peeling solution-Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliantI do not live in the United States, but from what I read here, all products containing over 0.5% of salicylic acid would be considered as Over The Counter drugs, right? Which means that both of those products would fall under that category. But I’ve never seen anything that would suggest they are in fact considered an OTC. Should this status be obvious for the consumer? Or is it possible that they’re registered as an OTC, even if their packaging and labels are not clear about the product being a form of medication? Is it legal to produce and sell them if they are not registered as an OTC? I’m very curious about this because they’re very popular products among consumers and I would think that it’s very hard for a famous brand to go unnoticed by the FDA.And regarding the product from The Ordinary, if the CIR determined that AHAs were safe to use in cosmetics with a concentration below 10%, does this mean that the product is unsafe to use as it contains three times the safe amount? If those concentrations are allowed in professional products only, is it legal to sell the product to the general public? Could The Ordinary get in trouble for that specific product? They list all of the necessary precautions to take while using the peeling solution, but I’m curious to know how USA regulations work in those cases.
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