Teen girls’ chemical exposure plummets after switching to better beauty products

New study shows that after just 3 days of using makeup, shampoos and lotions free of hormone-disrupting chemicals, levels dropped up to 45 percent.

While the European Union has banned thousands of ingredients from being used in personal care products due to safety concerns, the United States FDA has banned a total of 11. Leaving the cosmetics industry to police itself is an interesting tactic; the result being that the things we buy to use on our bodies are often chock full of ingredients that may not be so great for us. It seems nothing short of a travesty, but here we are.

Getting data about health effects from exposure to chemicals is not easy, but there is growing evidence linking a certain family of chemicals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, to neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth, say the authors of a new study comparing body chemical levels with usage of chemical-containing products.

The researchers, from the University of California, Berkeley, and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, say that the issue may be even more urgent for women, and especially teens....more