Zinc Acetate

Safety Information

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the safety of zinc acetate and approved its use as an active ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) skin protectant drug products at concentrations of 0.1 to 2%.

The FDA’s Select Committee on Generally Recognized as Safe Substances (SCOGS) concluded that there was no evidence in the available information on zinc acetate that demonstrates a hazard to the public when used at levels that are now current and in the manner now practiced.


Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Zinc Acetate http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr…

Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety

The Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by the FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the Expert Panel procedures.

Water-soluble zinc salts, including zinc acetate, are listed in the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union and may be used at a maximum concentration of 1% (calculated as zinc) (see Annex III).

Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation:


Zinc Acetate

What Is It?

Zinc acetate is a white solid. In cosmetics and personal care products, zinc acetate is used in the formulation of skin care products.

Why Is It Used?

Zinc acetate temporarily protects injured or exposed skin from harmful or annoying stimuli. Zinc acetate also helps to cleanse the skin or to prevent odor by destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Zinc acetate induces a tightening or tingling sensation of the skin.

Scientific Facts

Zinc is used in different forms, one of which is Zinc acetate. Zinc is an essential element that plays an important role in metabolism and the proper functioning of the immune system.

Zinc acetate is the zinc salt of acetic acid. In cosmetics and personal care products, zinc acetate functions as an astringent and antimicrobial agent. It is also used in OTC drug products as a skin protectant.