Red 22


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 22 at a glance

  • Used to add color to makeup, skin care, and food products
  • Also known as D&C Red No. 22
  • Ruled safe as used in its current applications

Red 22 description

Red 22 is a type of synthetic pigment used to add colour to cosmetics and food products. The United States Food and Drug Administration regards it as safe in its current usage. It’s also known as D&C Red No. 22, with the “D&C” designation meaning it’s approved for use in drugs and cosmetics.

Red 22 references


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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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