LipSense seems to be all the rage lately — another product you’ve likely seen as you browse your Facebook feed. LipSense touts itself as a lip color system (color, gloss, and remover) that stays put. In fact, it’s said to last until you take it off with the special remover, with no transfer on your mugs, clothes, or partner’s face. Though a lip color that lasts all day and doesn’t smear sounds tempting, is it safe? And if you’re currently nursing, is LipSense safe to use while breastfeeding?
According to Leigh Anne O’Connor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), for the most part, the ingredients of LipSense and their compatibility for breastfeeding is unknown — there just isn’t enough research done on such products to really be sure of their effect. “I am not a fan of putting limits on breastfeeding parents,” O’Connor tells Romper, “and even after digging deep, there aren’t many resources available on limiting cosmetics for breastfeeding.”
LipSense products do contain some ingredients suggested as not safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women though, including several polyethylene glycol-related chemicals, and parabens. These ingredients are not unique to LipSense, and would probably be found in many or most of your drugstore or department store cosmetics. Many doctors suggest avoiding them when pregnant or breastfeeding, but these recommendations typically come with very relative definitions on safety.
This is because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require regulation over personal care or cosmetic products. The agency’s website explicitly states: “Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not…