Major Blue State Ban Fails To Pass

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( – On Thursday, the California State Assembly failed a bill that would have banned the sale of anti-aging skin products to children under 13. 

Assemblymember Alex Lee had brought forward the bill that would block the sale of over-the-counter anti-aging products that contain vitamin A, or any of its derivatives, as well as alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid from young children. If the bill had been successful, skin care companies would be required to take a number of “reasonable” steps in order to prevent children under 13 from buying those products. 

The steps that had been proposed for preventing the purchase included putting a “prominent notice” next to the products so as to inform consumers of the ban, as well as having people confirm their age prior to making the purchase. 

Over the last few months, there has been a rise in social media of young children and tweens purchasing skin care products. The trend known as “Sephora Kid” has been making national headlines as reports emerged about kids fighting for products with adult shoppers and leaving the store shelves completely disorganized. 

Dermatologists have stated that it is concerning that young children, some being as young as 8 years old, have been purchasing these skin care products and have pointed out that these products could cause damage, allergic reactions, and rashes. 

Following the bill’s failure to pass, Lee argued that while she was disappointed with the result she believed that it was necessary to protect children from the harms of anti-aging products. 

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