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Home :: Professional / Government Regulation / Product Fact Sheets / Thigh Creams

U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Cosmetics Fact Sheet
February 22, 1995


THIGH CREAMS

Various products are currently being promoted in the skin care market as thigh and stomach slimmers. Some advertising claims also promise the reduction of "cellulite", waffly looking or orange peel type skin caused by fatty deposits.

Aminophylline, an approved prescription drug used in the treatment of asthma, is an ingredient used in many of these thigh cream products that marketers claim will dissolve the fat and smooth the skin. Since some individuals are sensitive and suffer from allergic reactions to ethylenediamine, a component of aminophylline, the FDA is concerned about the use of this ingredient in cosmetics.

Drugs, unlike cosmetics, alter the structure or function of the body and are subject to an intensive review and approval process by FDA before their release to the public. The agency is currently evaluating whether thigh creams should be classified as "drugs" under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and what, if any action is necessary to protect the public health.


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