Red 28


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 28 description

A synthetic colouring agent that utilizes a combination of colours to create its red hue. Also known as D&C Red No. 28, this colouring agent is certified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in drugs and cosmetics. Each batch must be certified before it is used in cosmetics, which ensures it meets quality and purity standards. It’s considered safe in the concentrations used in cosmetics, but is not used in products meant for application around the eyes.

Red 28 references

  •, Accessed November 2021, ePublication
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration Color Additive Status List, Accessed November 2021, 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