Even after reports of endocrine-disrupting chemicals appearing in popular nail polishes in 2015, some polishes continue to add the ingredient to its products.
Duke University and Environmental Working Group conducted a study on nail polishes in 2015 that confirmed the presence of Triphenyl phosphate (or TPHP), an endocrine-disrupting chemical, increases the presence of diphenyl phosphate (DPHP) by almost sevenfold.
DPHP forms when the body metabolizes TPHP and the presence of the chemical showed up in nail polish users only 10-14 hours after the nails were painted. Some of these polishes include those by Sally Hansen, OPI and Wet N Wild.
Since this report was published in 2015, I wanted to confirm that these polishes that contain Triphenyl phosphate still contain the chemical... they all do.
Below is a graphic from the Environmental Working Group that lists some of the nail polishes that disclose the use of TPHP.
So what is Triphenyl phosphate? The chemical is used as a plasticizer and fire retardant.
What effect does Triphenyl phosphate have on humans? Exposure can lead to reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, metabolic disruption, endocrine disruption, and genotoxicity.
Now what? You can contact beauty companies and distributors to make sure it is known that costumers' knowledge of the chemical will lead them to discontinue using the products.
Are there non-toxic options available? Of course! Here are some links to some non-toxic nail polishes.
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