Is your lipstick giving you Alzheimer’s?

May 29, 2012
Volume 09    |   Issue 22

It may seem absurd, but there’s growing concern that some lipstick may be poisoning your brain. A new study found that over 400 different lipsticks contain this toxin. So what is the toxin and how can you avoid it?

The toxin is lead. As you may know, lead is a powerful neurotoxin. That means it poisons the neurons in your brain.

In this study, the researchers found that some of these 400 had astronomical levels of lead. In fact, one lipstick from L’Oreal (Maybelline Color Sensation) had 275 times more lead than the lip balm with the least amount of lead (Wet ‘n Wild Mega Mixers Lip Balm). And many of the products contained twice as much lead as previously thought. Remember, no amount of lead is safe. None!

The FDA, incredibly, says these levels are still miniscule and pose no harm to those who use them. But they haven’t studied lead’s safety in these products or their impact on your health. So the FDA is making this claim without any evidence to support its position.

On the other hand, the Centers for Disease Control disagrees with the FDA. The CDC says the amount of lead in lipstick does pose a serious threat to your health. They are particularly concerned about pregnant women using the products. The seemingly small amount of lead could pose an inordinate amount to a developing baby. And once lead gets into the brain of a baby, it can cause serious neurological and behavioral problems.

But as I said earlier, no amount of lead is safe. Studies have shown this for decades. So no amount of lead is safe for you either. Consider this: Your body doesn’t excrete lead. It accumulates in your tissues. So imagine how much you can accumulate over a lifetime of lipstick use.

What should you do? First of all, use lead-free lipstick. Or at least use the ones with the lowest amount of lead. You can find out how your favorite brand rates at You can find lead-free lipsticks on the Internet and in many stores. They may be quite expensive ($20 or more), or priced under $10. The less expensive lead-free lipsticks include Revlon’s Superlustrous Love That Red, The Body Shop’s Garnet, and Wet ‘n Wild lip balms.

Next, please tell all the pregnant women you know to avoid lipsticks containing lead. It could protect their child from a host of neurological problems.

If you’ve been using lipstick that has lead in it, take PectaSol Chelation Complex, as it can effectively remove lead from your body.

By the way, lipstick isn’t the only cosmetic with toxins in it. In the June issue, I tell you all about others that can pose serious health problems like Alzheimer’s.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,


Kearney, Christine. “Lead Levels In Lipstick Much Higher Than Previously Thought.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 15 February 2012. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.

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