Red 30


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 30 at a glance

  • Pigment used to add colour to makeup, skin care and drugs
  • Also known as D&C Red No. 30
  • Ruled safe in its current use

Red 30 description

Red 30 is a synthetic pigment used to add colour to makeup, as well as skin care and food products. It is water soluble. An alternate name for this coloring agent is D&C Red No. 30, with “D&C” indicating it’s approved for use in drugs and cosmetics. The United States Food and Drug Administration has ruled Red 30 safe in its current use.

Red 30 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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