The Truth About Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Vanessa H.
3 min readMay 12, 2021

It hasn’t stopped yet.

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Animal testing began in the era of Greeks between the 2nd and 4th centuries BC. Initially, It was for surgical and biomedical reasons, And it was limited to a certain amount of animals being used. Today we will be talking about unethical animal testing on Animals for testing cosmetics and beauty products.

When did it begin?

It began in the US in 1938, Where The United States Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act signed this law which requires this practice as proof that the cosmetics are safe to use, Compelling the makeup brands to start testing on animals first.

What type of tests are done on Animals?

There are several different types of tests done on animals, These include

Lethal dose test: It is the test in which whole material is given to the animal to check the short-term poisoning potential of a material.

The Draize test: It is done on rabbits mostly. It is quite unpleasant and painful, it causes swelling in their feet and eye infections. It is done to measure if the product will cause irritation to the skin or eye after use.

Pig blood and skin allergy test: This is usually done on the guinea pig species, and is primarily performed to check if the cosmetic will cause allergy or not.

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Which animals are mostly used for testing?

Animals used mostly for this purpose are Rabbits, Pigs (Guinea pig), Mink ( For fake eyelashes production) Usually rodents are used for this purpose.

What can you do in this matter?

Animal testing is painful and is cruel to animals. This needs to be stopped. Many social media campaigns have been actively working to get this practice stopped and most of the brands have announced that they no longer test on animals. But the manufacturers of famous brands in China still test on Animals.

Many cosmetic products claim that they are cruelty-free, but this sentence is followed by a line that says if the country’s law allows it, they can test on…



Vanessa H.

Explicit | Medicine Graduate and a Content Creator By Passion.I love to write about things I love — Social media, E-commerce, Marketing, Well being and Art.