The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to scrap the use of plastic face cleansers after a state health department ruled that the chemicals in the products pose a threat to human health.
The decision from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services came after the state reported that the plastic face scrub, which contains synthetic chemicals, was found to be contaminated with a substance known as acetaldehyde.
In a statement Friday, the agency said that the state’s testing found the chemical in the face scrub contained acetaldehyde that can cause cancer.
The state had previously recommended that people who use the face cleanser to wash their face not wash their hands.
A spokesman for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Since its inception in 1970, the Clean Water Act has required all manufacturers and retailers of face products to get federal approval for their use.
It also requires the EPA to assess whether products are safe for humans and how long they can be used safely.
According to a 2014 report by the EPA, in addition to using the plasticizer, about 6.7 billion pounds of face wash is used every year.
The agency also estimates that plasticizer use is responsible for more than $600 billion in health care costs, about $60 billion in lost productivity, and an additional $60.3 billion in pollution.
Plasticizer, also known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a highly plasticizer.
The EPA says the substance can be found in nearly all products, including the cosmetics industry.
In a statement, the EPA said that it expects to revoke its approval of the face soap in the next 30 days.
The state said in a statement that it was taking action after receiving a letter from the state health commission.
“The letter, dated March 27, 2018, states that the department is concerned about the potential for the state to be a leader in the industry by using a less toxic option, which it did in response to concerns raised by the commission,” the statement said.
After receiving the letter, the Missouri health department contacted the EPA and asked for the scrub to be removed from the market.