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Skin Care—Then and Now: Product and Professional Regulations

By: Myra Y. Irizarry
Posted: January 2, 2013, from the January 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Continuing efforts to provide consumer safety based on sound science is essential for the growth and prosperity of the professional skin care industry. Congress uses legislation to provide authority to agencies, such as the FDA. To update or change the authority over cosmetics and skin care products, Congress would need to change the law. The Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 would improve the authority of the FDA to allow for continued consumer confidence and innovation in the industry. Skin care professionals must stay informed about regulatory issues in order to help ensure the viability of their industry and career, and have the opportunity to participate at the grassroots level by attending their state board meetings and familiarizing themselves with their state legislators. If you aren’t active in maintaining the integrity of your profession, its existence may be threatened in the years to come.

Myra Y. Irizarry is the director of government affairs for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). She heads PBA’s efforts to track and respond to legislation with potential to affect the beauty industry at both the state and federal levels, and works with an extensive group of industry volunteers to coordinate grassroots efforts and establish working relationships with legislators. She can be contacted at