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Old 07-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default What the FDA defines as a drug, cosmetic and/or soap

My friend Mary Squires who has a blog called OliveCrazy has an interesting article today for all of us soap makers. The article is called More Olive Industry and FDA News: The Latest on the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. Mary gives some commentary on the Safe Cosmetic Act of 2010 and provides a link to an FDA articles which gives an enlightening explanation of what the FDA defines as a drug, cosmetic and/or soap.

I know natural soap doesn't cure acne and eczema but it certainly helps relieve the symptoms of these conditions. But I gather from this FDA article that for a soap maker who claims their product mitigates these condition their soap would be considered a drug. Am I reading this FDA article correctly? I'm interested in other peoples thoughts on this topic.

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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Whenever you make ANY medical claims, the soap becomes a drug and must follow thorough testing and safety. The testing price is beyond most soapmaker's budget.

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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Any claims that a soap clears up a medical condition is considered by the FDA to be a drug. Why? - Because a drug actually affects skin cells by changing its structure. You would have to conduct studies and document the results if you make any medical claims.

My soap has cleared up acne in the teenagers who have used it.
I always tell a customer with breakouts that although I can't claim that it cures acne..I do tell them that my soap doesn't clog the pores because it leaves no residue on the skin like commercial soaps do and the essential oils that I use contain a natural antibacterial.

I hope this helps
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soap is more likely to leave a residue on the skin than a detergent bar.
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