Red 36


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 36 at a glance

  • Synthetic pigment used to add colour to makeup, skin care, and drugs
  • Ruled safe in its current use
  • Also known as D&C Red 36

Red 36 description

Red 36 is a water-soluble synthetic pigment used to add colour to makeup, as well as skin care and drug products. The United States Food and Drug Administration has ruled Red 36 safe in its current use. This pigment is also known as D&C Red 36, the “D&C” meaning “drugs and cosmetics.”

Red 36 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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