Facial Tissues: FSA Eligibility

Facial Tissues: reimbursement is not eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Facial tissues are not eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) as they are considered a cosmetic product.

What are facial tissues?

Facial tissues are a type of tissue paper or paper handkerchief that is disposable and meant to be used on the face. Facial tissues are made for use when expelling nasal mucus, especially after sneezing or nose-blowing. Facial tissues typically come in boxes for quick and easy use when needed. Facial tissues may also be used to remove makeup or clean the face of excess oil or residue. Facial tissues are usually 2 or 3 ply in construction, and made from extremely light weight paper (CleanItSupply.com).

Facial tissues are commonly treated with chemicals to increase their softness and soothing qualities. These chemicals are usually softeners or lotions and are sometimes scented for aesthetic purposes. Facial tissues may also come in decorative boxes and have different colors in order to function as part of a home's aesthetic environment. The presence of facial tissues in a home is often considered an aspect of hospitality and comfort for residents and guests.

Facial tissues are also often packaged in smaller pouches for ease of transportability and access while traveling. Facial tissues may be provided in public restrooms as well for similar benefits. Most facial tissue has a very high requirement for quality, in order to be considered comfortable and appropriate for use on the face. As a result, recycled materials are rarely incorporated into the production of facial tissues. Facial tissues are usually dispensed from a container in a pre-folded configuration. Facial tissues are commonly referred to by other names including simply "tissue" as well as various brand names.

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