When do women need to wear makeup?
The new guidelines from the World Health Organization are being criticized as sexist and a violation of women’s rights, particularly for girls, who are often denied access to beauty products because of their gender.
The WHO has not yet made any official announcement on the issue, but it said in a statement Tuesday that “women and girls are at particular risk when using cosmetics.”
The guidelines say that, for women, “when using cosmetics, be aware that the ingredients of products may contain potentially harmful ingredients and do not use products containing the ingredients unless there is a medical reason to do so.”
They also suggest that girls should wear face-covering to prevent skin irritation.
“Be aware that certain ingredients in cosmetics may contain contaminants, such as dyes, which may lead to skin irritation,” the guidelines state.
“Do not use cosmetics to treat, prevent or treat acne.”
They do say that cosmetics can be used to reduce the risk of developing allergies, but they warn that these products should only be used “as directed” by a doctor.
The guidelines also recommend that “the use of cosmetics should be supervised by a health care professional.”
They say “in situations where cosmetics are being used, use of the product must be supervised, tested and followed by a healthcare professional.”
“When using cosmetics in an environment where there are potentially hazardous ingredients, follow all instructions on packaging, including not to use in areas where there is possible risk of skin irritation.”
The WHO guidelines are the latest attempt by the organization to stamp out harmful cosmetics.
In July, the WHO said that it was “deeply concerned about the widespread use of synthetic fragrance ingredients” that can be harmful to human health.
That same month, it announced that it would review its recommendations on cosmetics.
The group also recently issued guidelines on how to treat cosmetics containing alcohol, but those were mostly ignored by the general public.
According to the WHO, about 70 percent of cosmetics worldwide are made with “tobacco-derived fragrances” or “a combination of tobacco and fragrance.”
The agency says it is trying to crack down on cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals that are not listed as such in the Food and Drug Administration.
The agency also says it will consider making cosmetic products more “sexy,” such as “natural” or natural looking, but the group does not specify what that means.