Iron oxides

Iron oxides are pigments used in cosmetics to tint products, such as sunscreens and foundations. They also protect the skin from visible light, which is an important component of managing hyperpigmentation.



Bernstein EF, Sarkas HW, Boland P. Iron oxides in novel skin care formulations attenuate blue light for enhanced protection against skin damage. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2021 Feb;20(2):532-537. 


Dumbuya H, Grimes PE, Lynch S, Ji K, Brahmachary M, Zheng Q, Bouez C, Wangari-Talbot J. Impact of Iron-Oxide Containing Formulations Against Visible Light-Induced Skin Pigmentation in Skin of Color Individuals. J Drugs Dermatol. 2020 Jul 1;19(7):712-717.


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