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Nano particles are increasingly used to enhance cosmetics, especially sun care and anti-aging products but debate still rages over their safety.

What the new FDA guidance on nanomaterials means for cosmetic players

02-Jul-2014 - Last week the FDA issued new guidance that aims to create a clearer framework to identify potential safety issues for nanomaterials used in cosmetics.

Brands agree to pull titanium dioxide amid calls for ‘more study’

05-Jun-2014 - Five leading skin care brands have agreed to re-label or remove titanium dioxide (TiO2) from those products which contain it, as part of efforts to settle a recent lawsuit in...

Mexican company looks to build on nanotech TiO2 sunscreen technology

22-May-2014 - Mexican firm Nanomateriales has developed a cosmetic sunscreen based on titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which can reduce the effects of UVA/UVB rays, related to skin deterioration.

Study finds nanoparticles may damage DNA

21-Apr-2014 - While previously studies have found nanoparticles have the potential to be toxic for cells, a new study by MIT and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has now found...

New nanotechnology science journal to launch

17-Mar-2014 - Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information on products and solutions, has announced the launch of an open access journal, ‘Colloid and Interface Science Communications’ (COLCOM), relevant...

FDA ICCR focuses in on nanomaterials and test alternatives

03-Mar-2014 - The FDA has released three documents from the most recent Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) meeting, which discussed nanomaterial safety, and cosmetics testing regulation.

Understanding of natural nanoscale device may be useful for cosmetics

30-Jan-2014 - Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope a new understanding of a natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small marine animal to change its colors will also...

New research to open up regenerative applications

17-Dec-2013 - Researchers at Laboratoire Matière Molle, Paris have discovered how to obtain a very strong adhesion between two gels by spreading a solution of nanoparticles on their surface.

Scientists encourage ‘safer’ rutile form of TiO2 in cosmetics

26-Sep-2013 - Research originating in Torino, Italy is encouraging sunscreen and cosmetics formulators to use the rutile form of titanium dioxide rather than anatase as tests have suggested it is safer.

News in brief

Huntsman to acquire Rockwood’s titanium dioxide business

19-Sep-2013 - Huntsman Corporation and Rockwood Holdings have announced that Huntsman will acquire Rockwood’s performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses.

Brazil rejects labelling bill over nanotechnology concerns

21-Aug-2013 - The Brazilian government has rejected a proposal to regulate labelling of cosmetics, amongst other consumer goods, as provisions relating to nanomaterials were considered insufficient.

Dermatologist stresses importance of sun protection to reduce cancer risk

13-Jun-2013 - A leading dermatologist in the US has outlined the importance of wearing sunscreen and taking vitamin supplements to avoid over exposure to the sun and reduce the risk of skin...

Argex expands titanium dioxide production in Canada

02-May-2013 - Titanium dioxide producer Argex will up its production of the sunscreen ingredient having signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Valleyfield Enterprises for a long-term lease of at least 235,000...

Scientists suggest gold nanoparticles could accelerate aging and wrinkles

30-Apr-2013 - A research team from Stony Brook University in New York have revealed research suggesting that pure gold nanoparticles used in a range of personal care products could lead to accelerated...

Hair of gold – now a possibility as nanoparticle use could lead to permanent hair dyes

03-Jan-2013 - Flowing locks of golden hair could become a permanent hair dye option after scientists reported the first synthesis of gold nanoparticles inside human hairs; a discovery that has big implications...

Australian scientists call for longer skin tests in sunscreen

27-Nov-2012 - According to a team of scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, despite previous research finding that nanoparticles do not penetrate the skin, it remains debatable as to...

'Nanotechnology market to expand by 19 percent by 2014', says expert

30-Oct-2012 - According to the latest research from Reportlinker, increased applications of nanotechnology in sectors like cosmetics will propel global growth which is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of about 19...

Argex enhances production capacity of TiO2 plant in a bid to cut operating costs

12-Sep-2012 - Argex Titanium has completed the scale up of its production facility for high purity titanium dioxide at its pilot plant as it looks to cut operating costs and increase TiO2...

Dermatologists give green light to new sunscreen labeling rules

27-Aug-2012 - Dermatologists based in Chicago have commended the final regulations on sunscreen labeling put in place by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saying they will better inform and protect...

FDA publishes report on recent cosmetics regulation meeting

25-Jul-2012 - In a recent report, the FDA has revealed that issues relating to cosmetics and cosmetic-like drug products were amongst those discussed at a recent Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) meeting.

Research centre develops slow release technology for fragrance industry to extend scent life

15-Jun-2012 - A research centre in Thailand has developed a slow release technology for the fragrance industry that could be adapted for perfume and cosmetic applications.

Moisturizing the number one product claim for nanotechnology in cosmetics

05-Jun-2012 - Moisturizing or hydrating is the number one claim made about new nanotechnology cosmetics product launches, according to market analyst Mintel.

US senators call for FDA to reverse decision to delay sunscreen standards implementation

23-May-2012 - A group of senators in the US are asking the FDA to reverse its decision to delay sunscreen rules and put new standards in place for the summer.

Scientists reiterate nanotechnology in sunscreens is safe

22-May-2012 - The American Academy of Dermatology has reiterated the importance and safety of sunscreens for protection against skin damage, highlighting the effectiveness of nanotechnology and stating that new FDA regulations will...

Researchers develop novel screening technology to assess nanomaterial safety

09-May-2012 - At a time when nanotechnology has come under further scrutiny in the cosmetics industry, scientists from UCLA have developed a novel screening technology that can quickly assess the properties of...

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