Even the most health conscious people fail to think about the effect nail polish has on our bodies. However, a new study has revealed that many nail polish brands in America are much more harmful than they appear.
Researchers tested 24 women participating in the study for chemical signs of toxin. As a result, traces of toxins were found on each woman’s body. So what was the source of these chemicals? Nail polish. According to the results, 100% of the participants had traces of triphenyl phosphate 10 hours after applying nail polish. Such accurate results are remarkable and at the same time alarming.
In another experiment that followed, the same researchers tested 10 different nail polishes for triphenyl phosphate and found that the chemical was present in 8 of the nail polishes. In two of the nail polishes with positive results, the presence of the chemical on the product label was not notified. In other words, 20% of nail polishes sold in America contain a dangerous chemical that is not listed as an ingredient.
The biggest problem with triphenyl phosphate (or TPHP) is that it disrupts the endocrine system that controls all hormones in the human body. Head of the study, Dr Heather Stapleton, explains her concerns as follows: “There is increasing evidence that TPHP affects hormone regulation, metabolism, reproduction and development.”
This is particularly dangerous for young girls, whose growth is based on healthy hormonal development. However, TPHP poses a serious health risk for anyone exposed. It is also known to have the following effects:
- Neurotoxin (developmental effects)
- Endocrine toxins
- Reproductive toxin
- Skin irritation and allergen
- Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a famous carcinogen that is soluble in water and air (you know the strong nail polish smell, right?). Exposure to this chemical can also cause symptoms such as throat itching, asthma, and breathing difficulties. People with chronic diseases are more prone to poisoning due to formaldehyde.
- Toluene: This chemical is known to inhibit development in children. It can also be irritating to the skin as a result of exposure.
- Dibutyl phthalate: Some nail polish brands use this phthalate instead of TPHP; However, it cannot be said that it is better in terms of health. In reality, it poses similar health risks, such as hormonal disorders and reproductive system toxins.
This news has been compiled from the getholistichealth.com website.