TOXIC ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS FOUND IN NAIL POLISH
It’s not surprising that many nail polishes contain potentially toxic chemicals – but according to a new study, at least one of those chemicals could be ending up in your body.
The study, co-authored by EWG and researchers at Duke University, found that triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) – a suspected endocrine disruptor also used to make plastics and as a fire retardant in foam furniture – could be ending up in your body if you’ve painted your nails lately.
The EWG-Duke study tested the urine of 26 women who had recently painted their nails and found evidence of TPHP in every participant.
Besides disrupting hormones, scientific evidence shows that TPHP could contribute to weight gain and obesity. In animal studies, it has caused reproductive and developmental problems.
Scientists knew little about the toxicity of TPHP until recently. Now there is growing evidence that it could affect hormones, metabolism, reproduction and development.
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Johanna Congleton, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, EWG