Do you need a license to sell Skin care products from home?

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Running an online skin care business is stressful, isn’t it? Or is it easy to start? Various questions also wander in your mind, like what about a skincare license for selling skincare products? So, in this article, “Do you need a license to sell skin care products?” you’ll find the best answers to all your questions. 

Do you need a license to sell Skin care products from home_
Do you need a license to sell Skin care products from home_

Looking flawless does not happen overnight; it requires dedicated skin routines according to your skin type. Good skincare products help you alleviate various skin woes, like dark circles and aging, and leave behind a confident and radiant you. On the other hand, the usage of some cosmetic products sometimes leads to serious side effects like loss of hair, rashes, and even severe cases that may lead to cancer.

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In this post, we will also cover skin care products to sell from home or how you can sell skin care products from home. 

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With a wide array of skin care products readily available on the market, it becomes important to keep a close eye on the credibility and side effects of the products. The Food and Drug Administration is the federal agency that regulates cosmetics or skincare products under the FD&C Act. In order to understand the control of the FDA over the manufacturing and marketing of cosmetics products, we will discuss some major rules and regulations of the FDA and their possible implications.

Skincare products to sell from home
Skincare products to sell from home
  • According to the FD&C act, a product is labeled as cosmetics if it is meant for cleansing, improving appearances, or for external beautification. But if the product is meant for disease cure or prevention, or for altering the anatomy and functioning of the body it is labeled as a drug.
  • This act prohibits the manufacturing and marketing of adulterated and wrongly labeled products. The product should not have any damaging side effects, and the labeling should be true to the actual effect of the product. The ingredients of the product should be mentioned in accordance with the Fair Packaging and Labelling Act.
  • The act does not require the FDA to approve cosmetic products or ingredients except color additives. Other than color additives and FDA-prohibited ingredients, manufacturers can use any safe ingredient that maintains the unadulterated quality of the product.
  • The FDA holds all the people involved in the interstate commerce of the product, such as the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, accountable for ensuring that the product they are doing business with is not adulterated and correctly labeled. 
  • According to the FD&C Act, cosmetics are not subjected to any test approvals. However, the FDA does collect samples for inspection and research in cases of complaints or suspected non-compliance with safety standards.
  • FDA does not have the power to recall any cosmetics from the market. Only the manufacturer has the authority to recall a product but the FDA can request a recall if the product is found to be harmful or adulterated.
  • The FDA is capable of taking strict action against people involved in manufacturing or marketing any product that is not in compliance with the law. The FDA might completely remove the product from the market or seize it. In extreme cases, the FDA can file criminal charges against the person responsible.
  • FDA also controls the quality of imported products to the USA, working with the U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Imported products can be refused entry if they fail to follow the standards in an examination by the CBP.
  • It is not required of any cosmetic company to register, share their product formulation, or get an FDA license for selling their products. Although, it is advisable to voluntarily register under the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). It should be noted that registering under VCRP by no means depicts FDA approval.

By closely inspecting the above-mentioned rules imposed by the FDA regarding running skin care businesses and skin care licenses. We conclude that the FDA does not issue any specific license in regard to selling skincare products.

However, it is required by the manufacturers to use ingredients that maintain specific quality standards and to label the product in a non-deceptive way. FDA focuses on the prevention of selling any adulterated products in the market.  FDA does not provide guidelines for any specific testing but performs various quality checks like toxicological testing and microbiological testing. It would not only improve the chances of the product being unadulterated but also result in increased credibility of the product. 

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Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares is a board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency in dermatology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ashton has a private practice in New Jersey and New York City, where she specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as general dermatology.

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