Red 40 Lake


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 40 Lake at a glance

  • Pigment used to add colour to makeup, food products, and skin care
  • Ruled safe in its current use
  • Also known as FD&C Red No. 40 or FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake

Red 40 Lake description

Red 40 lake is a synthetic pigment used to add colour to makeup, as well as skin care and food products. The term lake refers to the process of transforming a pigment from a solid to a solution, usually using a metallic salt. This makes it insoluble in water. The United States Food and Drug Administration has ruled Red 40 lake safe in its current use. It is also known as FD&C Red No. 40 or FD&C Red No. 40 aluminum lake.

Red 40 Lake 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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Not Rated