FDA proposes ban on hair products with formaldehyde

Written on: October 23, 2023 by SprayTM

According to a report in The New York Times, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on hair-straightening products that contain or emit formaldehyde. Chemical hair straighteners have been linked to an increased risk of endometrial, uterine and breast cancer. 

The FDA’s proposed rule would ban formaldehyde and other formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from hair-straightening and hair-smoothing products marketed in the U.S., per the Times‘  report. The target date for the ban is April 2024.

The planned ban comes more than a decade after cosmetic industry experts declared the products unsafe.