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Rebecca Sue Wachsler, Aegeia, Get FDA Warning

Aegeia Skin Care and its founder, Rebecca Sue Wachsler, have been warned by the US Food and Drug Administration for medical claims that the agency says go well beyond the promises that over-the-counter skincare products are allowed to make.

Four products in particular seem to have worked up the FDA’s . . . umm . . . lather:

  • Purifying Facial Cleanser
  • Refining Facial Toner
  • Nourishing Clay Mask
  • Silken Body Butter

Many of the non-allowed claims appear to be indirect and centered around the products’ ingredients, rather than the products themselves. In several instances the troublesome claim was about essential oils. For example:

  • “Studies have shown that lavender…reduces irritability, apprehension, stress, nervous tension, insomnia, nightmares . . .”
  • “Chamomile flower essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to encourage digestion and boost the immune system.”
  • “[Vanilla essential oils] also helps assist the body in repairing the damages already done.”

The FDA also warned Wachsler for claims associated with her oatmeal, green tea, witch hazel and clay ingredients.

Of course, Wachsler’s products are cosmetics and cosmetics manufacturers are not allowed to market their products with such promises. To do so makes the products “new drugs” that must be approved by the agency before they’re sold across state lines.

As is usual in cases like these, Aegeia and Rebecca Wachsler were given 15 working days to address the agency’s concerns. The FDA’s warning letter was dated February 17, 2017; as of my check this afternoon, I found claims about “stimulating circulation” and combating “acne, rosacea, eczema” still plainly visible.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot of AegeiaSkinCare.com captured March 07, 1017 by Lisa Barger.