Can Toxins In Nail Polish Harm You?
Are you a nail paint lover like me? I used to be a nail polish maniac but that habit has now worn out. You won’t find any colour on my nails these days. Anyway! Nail paints are a great way to add beauty to your nails! But are you aware of the fact that toxins in nail polish that can harm you?
For quite some time nail polish has been under the scanner for containing harmful chemicals. This is the chief reason why some companies have made their products free of chemicals like toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.
However, this is not the end of the story. There is another toxic chemical that you should be wary of – triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) which is a hormone disruptor that is used in furniture as a fire retardant. According to a new study, 26 women who were using nail polish containing TPHP showed that the chemical got absorbed by the body just after 10 to 14 hours.
According to a cosmetic datatbase, the toxin TPHP is present in 49% of the nail polish and is found in popular nail polish brands like OPI, Maybelline, Sally Hansen and Spa Ritual. Got a shock?
Does all this mean you need to stop wearing nail polish? Well, not so soon. The senior scientist of the study says that it was a small study and the human data on the effect of TPHP on humans is little. The study was done on rats. The ones exposed to a chemical containing 20 percent TPHP before and after birth became obese and the female rats faced early puberty. This indicates metabolic and hormone disruption.
The results of the study may be of concern to would be moms, women trying to conceive and mothers of young girls. The right signaling of hormones is essential during pregnancy and right through puberty. It may sound alarming but you can relax as most of the TPHP gets absorbed, then metabolized and finally excreted within a time span of 24 hours. The detection of this chemical in the body may be due to its usage as fire retardant.
Experts are also casting doubts over the findings. One expert says that TPHP has been used widely in many industries to prevent electrical, furniture and automobile fires. It is quite safe! In nail polish extremely small amounts of it are used just to increase flexibility and durability.
Dermatology expert says that further research is required in this regard. TPHP has been extensively studies and has been declared safe by FDA and other scientific organizations. Emerging research on animals suggests that it can affect the endocrine and reproductive systems. The risk on humans is unclear but it surely pushes the scientific fraternity to do further research.
Bigger concerns are nail salons’ shellac and gel polish. They need UV lamps to dry out the nails. Such lights emit UVA that increases the chances of skin cancer along with expedited skin aging, wrinkles, freckles and age spots. It is suggested to apply a sunscreen lotion with a broad spectrum at least 20 mins before exposing yourself to UV light.
Though it is hard to say no to nail polish, just try to give a break in between as your nails too need to breathe! Wait for more research to confirm the fact that TPHP is bad for health or not!
Hope you found this post ‘Toxins In Nail Polish’ useful!
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