Cosmetics, Phthalates, and why you might want to watch what you put on your face

Published: 16 November 2006
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Phthalates

Phthalates, chemicals found in some plastics products, have lately garnered attention as articles have linked these chemicals with human ailments such as cancer, and also hormone dysfunction among males and females. Yet another story, this from CBS TV out of New York, has surfaced about the chemicals in cosmetic products and the possibility that these chemicals may contain “toxic cocktails that could cause cancer or reproductive damage over years of prolonged use.” The article cites phthalates—which are used to keep mascara from running, nail polish from chipping and fragrances from fading—as possibly harmful ingredients. Scientists worry about the harmful long-term effects that may arise from using products that contain such ingredients, and the article notes that some studies on animals have found “organ and reproductive damage” from use of such seemingly harmless products.

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