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Skin Lightening Cosmetics and Mercury Toxicity
Nov10

Skin Lightening Cosmetics and Mercury Toxicity

By Roberta Attanasio Skin lightening cosmetics are popular in many regions of the world — they’re used to lighten darker skin because of their ability to inhibit production of melanin, the substance that gives the skin its color. The active ingredients in some of these cosmetics often include toxic chemicals, as for example hydroquinone, fluorinated corticosteroid and inorganic mercury.   The World Health Organization...

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Nail Polish, Painter Syndrome and Hazardous Waste
Jun09

Nail Polish, Painter Syndrome and Hazardous Waste

By The Editors In a previous post, we talked about the toxic substances that may be present in lipstick.  Now, let’s take a look at nail polish. Nail polish may contain toxic chemicals potentially able to cause poisoning and Painter Syndrome. According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the poisonous ingredients that may be found in nail polish are toluene, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, and...

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Lipstick and Heavy Metals
Jun03

Lipstick and Heavy Metals

By The Editors Cosmetics are all around us.  They have been used for thousands of years.  Are they safe? Without discussing the general/global issue of cosmetics safety, we want to bring up something about one of the most used cosmetics worldwide:  lipsticks. Although in the last century lipstick use was most prevalent in the Western world, its use is now a global phenomenon.  And now, it seems lipsticks contain a potentially...

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