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Cosmetics Can Kill Your Teen

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A new study finds cosmetics and body care products teens use on a daily basis could be contaminated with chemicals.

teen girls holding cosmetics

The Environmental Working Group performed laboratory tests and detected 16 chemicals in blood and urine samples from 20 teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19, reports FOX News.

According to a report released last week, these chemicals are linked to health risks such as cancer and hormone disruption.

The group recommends that consumers avoid the following ingredients when purchasing beauty products:

-- DMDM hydantoin and imidanzolidinyl urea, which are toxic contaminants

-- Fragrance and dyes, which can lead to cancer and problems of the nervous system

-- Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which can cause allergies and problems of the nervous system

-- Parabens or "-paraben," which can lead to hormone disruption

-- "PEG" and "-eth," which are toxic contaminants

-- Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, which can cause skin damage

-- Triclosan and triclocarban, which can lead to problems with the thyroid and environmental concerns

-- Triehanolamine (TEA), which can cause allergies and contain toxic contaminants

Products to avoid include:

-- Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acid

-- Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and/or all dark permanent hair dyes

-- Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

-- Nail polish and nail polish remover with formaldehyde

-- Skin lighteners with hydroquinone

Scary stuff! Tomorrow, pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson gives us the bottom line on cosmetics safety in the latest installment of her "Dangerous or Safe?" series.

Do you let your teens and tweens wear makeup?

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
heather October 1, 2008, 8:09 PM

read this, mom

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