Nail Polish Can Cause Infertility, Obesity – Study Warns

  • Continuous use of your favourite nail polish brand is now capable of among others, causing you Infertility, obesity, cancer and thyroid issues.

    According to a study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Study on October 10, toxic elements tested positive in the 40 nail polish brands sampled.

    Some of the toxins include triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), pthalates, didiethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) among others. These others were elements banned by the EU in the 2000s such as formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DnBP).

    In the study, DEHP is described as a hormone-disrupting chemical and possible carcinogen that was banned from cosmetics.

    These products have in past cases been reported to cause cancer, infertility, obesity among other issues.

    The elements which were banned in the 2000s led to many brands labeling their products as “n-free”. The study focused on between “3-free” to “13-free” labelled products but included other unlabeled ones.

    12 of the 27 products that labelled TPHP as free of the element tested positive. This was also the case for several other elements already banned in the past.

    It’s a chemical Whack-a-Mole,” stated the lead author Anna Young of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

    In an interview with Reuters, Young added, “That’s especially important for nail salon workers because some of these toxins are linked to complications with fertility, thyroid issues, obesity and cancer.”

    The regulating bodies often require that the products be properly labeled but never carry out due tests to ascertain safety before their market debut.