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Cosmetics and skin care products are a big business.

Each year, moisturizers, wrinkle creams, dark-spot removers, and other skin enhancement products bring in billions of dollars .

So it may surprise the average consumer that those products — with their immaculate package designs, breathless marketing campaigns, and glossy magazine ads — are largely unregulated.

Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act more than 80 years ago, putting cosmetics under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Since then, the law has largely been untouched while the cosmetics industry has grown dramatically.

Today, only color additives in cosmetic products require FDA approval. The regulatory body is hands-off, so long as the language around a product’s promises is worded correctly.

“The FDA defines a drug as any article that intends to ‘change the actual function or structure of an organ’ — in this case, the skin. As a drug, the product must get premarket FDA approval, prove safety, and efficacy,” said Dr. Fayne Frey , a dermatologist and dermatological surgeon in West Nyack, New York.