Prior to the FDA putting the rumors regarding the dangers of lipstick to rest, the coalition the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics stated that there is no safe amount of lead, especially when you take into consideration how much lead accumulates in the human body over time. In addition, pregnant women and children may use lipstick, and there's no way to determine exactly how much lead is safe for either group.
Lead was once considered a material solely found in paint and other products manufactured before the '90s. However, many products on the market today contain lead, including children's toys that were recently pulled from shelves. The dangers of lead toxicity range in severity from vomiting and headaches to memory loss, hypertension and miscarriage.
With so many women who put on lipstick to get a little fabulous for Valentine's Day, the issue of lipstick containing a small amount of lead was brought to everyone's attention once again. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calmed consumers by posting on their website that the amount of lead in lipstick is minimal, and since the product is made for topical use only, there's not enough in the product to be a cause for concern.