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Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in beauty products. Especially products that help you to “glow up.” But you are uncertain about safety and content.

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So what are the deets? Is titanium dioxide harmful to your body?

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TL: DR A quick post glance:

  1. What is titanium dioxide?
  2. Is titanium dioxide safe?
  3. What beauty products contain titanium dioxide?

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1. What is titanium dioxide?

Is Titanium Dioxide safe

Titanium dioxide is a compound that’s worth learning about. Why? Well because, you can find it in everything from your favorite snacks to your go-to beauty products.

So what is it?

Titanium is a metal commonly found in plants and animals. It naturally interacts with oxygen to form titanium oxides, commonly found in ores, indigenous dust, sands, and soils (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

Companies produce titanium dioxide in two dominant forms. The primary form, comprising over 98 percent of total production, is pigment grade titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide’s light-scattering properties are used in the pigment form for applications requiring white opacity and brightness (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

The other form in which they produced titanium dioxide is as an ultrafine (nanomaterial) product. When unique properties such as transparency and maximum ultraviolet light absorption are needed, they choose to produce titanium dioxide as an ultrafine (nanomaterial) product, such as in cosmetic sunscreens — (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

Yes, titanium dioxide can be present in your beauty products as an ultra-fine nanomaterial. A material researchers say is small enough to seep into your bloodstream. That said, you’re probably wondering if this is safe, right? If so, keep reading.

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2. Is titanium dioxide safe? 

Is Titanium Dioxide safe

To determine if titanium dioxide is safe, you need research skills beyond the use of a commercial search engine. Such as reading unbiased peer-reviewed articles via a medical journal database. By the way, by bias I mean whomever paid for the research might benefit if the research results are in their favor. You are looking for unbiased research. That said, if you prefer easy-to-find research, check out the FDA’s + the IARC responses below.

FDA had issued guidance clarifying the safe use of titanium dioxide pigment as a food colorant, and has stated that titanium dioxide may be safely used in cosmetics, including cosmetics intended for use around the eye. FDA also regulates the safety and effectiveness of sunscreen active ingredients, including nanoscale titanium dioxide. — (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified titanium dioxide as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on studies that showed increased lung tumors in rats associated with titanium dioxide inhalation. However, extensive studies on titanium dioxide industry workers do not suggest an association between occupational exposure to titanium dioxide and an increased risk for cancer in humans. — (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

You caught the key-phrases “may be safely used” + “possibly carcinogenic to humans,”  in the quotes above, right? The word “may” in the first quote should give you enough pause to do further unbiased research. Seriously.

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3. What beauty products contain titanium dioxide?

Is Titanium Dioxide safe

You can hide blemishes and brighten your skin with non-organic beauty products. That being said, what beauty products contain titanium dioxide?

Industries use pigment-grade titanium dioxide in various applications that need high brightness and opacity. In fact, most surfaces and items that are white and pastel, and even dark shades of color, contain titanium dioxide. Manufacturers use pigment-grade titanium dioxide in a range of applications, including:

  • Cosmetics: Pigment-grade titanium dioxide is used in some cosmetics to aid in hiding blemishes and brightening the skin. Titanium dioxide allows for thinner coatings of make-up material for the same desired effect. — (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

Ultrafine-grades of titanium dioxide find their primary use in the following specialty application:

  • Sunscreen: Nanoscale titanium dioxide becomes transparent to visible light while serving as an efficient UV light absorber. Nano-titanium dioxide is too tiny to reflect visible light, but it can absorb UV light. This makes it an effective, transparent barrier that protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. — (American Chemistry Council, Inc., 2023).

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Major Takeaways

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American Chemistry Council, Inc. (2023) Titanium dioxide, Chemical Safety Facts. Available at: (Accessed: 28 August 2023).