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Vanity knows no pain

There is a growing body of medical research indicating a link between the chemicals that make nail products chip-resistant, quick drying and brightly colored and serious health problems amongst the nail technicians exposed to them.

Many of the chemicals in nail salon products are classified as skin sensitizers and are also hazardous to the respiratory tract. The three chemicals in nail products that are associated with the most serious health issues are dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde.

Although Dibutyl phthalate is banned from use in cosmetics in the EU, Formaldehyde is still contained in many nail hardeners in nail salons for the time being anyways. Consultation on the banning of formaldehyde from all cosmetic products or alternatively, the adoption of the SCCS’ recommendation of a maximum allowable concentration of 2.2% is still open until June.

There is a growing body of medical research indicating a link between the chemicals that make nail products chip-resistant, quick drying and brightly colored and serious health problems amongst the nail technicians exposed to them as highlighted in this article in the NY times.

Click here for New York Times article.

Dr Catherine Healy

Dr Catherine Healy

Occupational Hygienist with Shorcontrol Safety
Dr Catherine Healy

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