Red 7 Lake


Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Red 7 Lake description

A synthetic colouring agent approved for use in drugs and cosmetics. The lake colours are insoluble in water, so are often used in non-aqueous cosmetics such as lipsticks and powder blush. As with all lake colours used in cosmetics, red 7 lake is subject to batch certification before each use in cosmetic products. This certifies purity and safety before the colouring agent is added to the product.

Red 7 Lake references

  •, Accessed November 2021, ePublication
  • Cosmetics, July 2018, 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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