Iron Oxides


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Iron Oxides description

Iron oxides are cosmetic pigments that originate from natural minerals and are considered both synthetic and mineral when refined. Used to tint sunscreens, create complexion-enhancing makeup shades, and help protect skin from visible light.

Iron Oxides references

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2021, pages 532-537
  • Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2020, pages 712-717
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, April 2020, ePublication
  • EFSA Journal, Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2016, ePublication

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated