Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients

Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients 

Certain ingredients are prohibited from use in cosmetic products marketed in the United States; others have restrictions on their use. Ingredients whose use is prohibited or restricted are listed in the tables below. 

In addition to the prohibited and restricted ingredients listed in the following tables, you should check the CFR, specifically 21 CFR part 700, Subpart B, for any additional requirements regarding specific cosmetic products or their ingredients that may have been added to FDA’s regulations.   

Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients 

CFR Citation 


21 CFR 700.11 

Vinyl chloride 

21 CFR 700.14 

Certain halogenated salicylanilides 

21 CFR 700.15 

Zirconium in aerosol products 

21 CFR 700.16 


21 CFR 700.18 

Methylene chloride 

21 CFR 700.19 

Chlorofluorocarbon propellants 

21 CFR 700.23 

Prohibited cattle material 

21 CFR 700.27 

Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients 

CFR Citation 

Mercury compounds 

21 CFR 700.13 


21 CFR 250.250