Assessment of exposure for baby cosmetic care products in a Korean population

Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Aug;106(Pt A):107-113. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.05.039. Epub 2017 May 23.


Assessment of exposure to cosmetic products via the skin is important for evaluating the risks associated with the use of these products. However, few exposure studies have been conducted with babies, particularly in Asia. The aim of our study was to assess the exposure to selected cosmetic products in babies under the age of 36 months, over both winter and summer months. We evaluated exposure for seven cosmetic baby care products identified in a previous web-based survey as being commonly used by Korean parents. Parents were instructed to use their baby's products as per their usual habit, recording usage for each product on a daily basis over a 14-day period. Products were weighed at the start and completion of the study, with the change in weight used to determine the total amount of product used. Descriptive statistics for daily exposure were calculated. In this study, daily exposure for different products was influenced by sex, age groups and seasons. Of specific note, 3.51% of the lotion in a wet wipe was transferred to the skin. In conclusion, we provide baseline exposure data for baby products, with exposure being based on parents' usual use of the products.

Keywords: Baby cosmetic products; Exposure assessment; Korean population; Seasonal variation; Wet wipes lotion transfer.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Cosmetics / analysis*
  • Cosmetics / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Care / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Republic of Korea
  • Risk Assessment
  • Skin / chemistry
  • Skin / metabolism


  • Cosmetics