hair & nails

nail polish and other nail products have safety issues

Toxic Spill? Nail Product Safety Issues

hormonal and reproductive system changes due to polish? according to cosmetic safety advocates, it's worth investigating

nail product safety
Safe cosmetics are increasingly sought out by consumers, as recent research - and recent research indicates that there are potential hazards in nail polishes, polish removers and artificial nails.

What's unsafe about polishes?
Beauty industry manufacturers have for years carried out their own testing for product safety, but this voluntary testing was not under government supervision.

California and other states are leading the way in requiring manufacturers to remove ingredients that may have the potential to harm.

Some manufacturers have responded by voluntarily removing such substances from their products.

Chief among the concern-causing ingredients in nail polishes are phthalates. They help nail polishes adhere to the nail surface.

There've been no large-scale clinical trials, but in smaller studies published in medical journals, evidence suggests that pthalates affect hormone fuction in humans. What does this mean?

Some pthalates are found to have effect the reproductive systems of lab animals. According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Safety website, reproductive toxicity is a broad class of effects ranging from infertility to reproductive organ cancers to birth defects and developmental delays for children.

The Cosmetics Safety database rated nail products by safety concerns presented by their formulations.

Products are rated from 0 (low hazard) to 10 (high hazard). Overall, nail glues, polishes and removers that have been rated are less likely to rate as high hazard than do nail treatments and cuticle treatments.


Seeking cosmetic and beauty product safetey information. Visit, the official site of the Environmental working group's skin deep cosmetics safety program.

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