(HealthDay News) -- Users of cosmetics may find it overwhelming to understand all of the information on product labels.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationsays consumers should always read the entire product label before using a cosmetic. And the agency says you should be aware of certain label terms:
- Hypoallergenic: This term is not expressly defined by the FDA. So just because a product says "hypoallergenic" does not mean it cannot trigger an allergic reaction.
- Organic or Natural: The fact that a product is labeled "organic" or "natural" does not make it safer to use.
- Expiration Date:The law does not require any cosmetic to have an expiration date, but many manufacturers display one. The agency recommends keeping track of the date you first used a cosmetic, which will help you determine its age later.
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