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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Beauty Products sold to Black Women May Contain More Hazardous Chemicals - Research

A  new report from a nonprofit environmental research group CLICK HERE has shown that Beauty and hair products sold to black women are more likely to contain potentially  hazardous chemicals and ingredients.

Researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 1,177 beauty and personal care products marketed to black women and compared the ingredients to a scoring system used for the EWG’s Skin Deep database of over 64,000 personal care products.

The database showed the safety of cosmetics and similar products on a scale of one to 10 (highest hazard).

Only 25%  out of the 40% of products sold to the general public fell into the “low hazard” category, 

As a black woman myself, I was disheartened that black women have fewer options for healthier products when they are choosing from products specifically targeted to them,” says co-author Nneka Leiba, deputy director for research at EWG.

The research showed that hair relaxer  and bleaching products were some of the most hazardous product among the products sold to black women, Many of the hair relaxers  were found to contain a chemical product  called lye which  break down chemical bonds in hair.

According to the research, Some of these hair relaxers have been associated with baldness or a higher risk for growths in a woman’s uterus. 
The research showed that hair products contain fragrances which have chemicals that are not always  not displayed on product labels. 

Even the [products] that market themselves as ‘no lye’ have other ingredients that are also hazardous and could cause chemical burns,” says study co-author Paul Pestano, an EWG senior database analyst.

The research shewed that some lipsticks, concealers and foundations are also hazardous.

According to the research, some of the adverse reaction associated with some of the ingredients in the beauty products included hormone disruption, allergies, reproductive damage, and cancer.

“As highlighted in the study, there is far too little research and far too little known about the ingredients in cosmetics,” Professor Philippa Darbre from the University of Readin told CNN.

 “We know black women don’t only purchase products marketed to them,” says Leiba. “But if a black woman wants to choose products marketed for her, she should be able to find healthy products available to her. This is not acceptable.”

Leiba says that people interested in using the EWG database can look up the products they use to see if they contain ingredients they want to avoid.

“I want this report to empower black women,” says Leiba. “These are issues that affect men and women. When consumers become educated they can demand companies change their formulation, or they can choose other companies to purchase from. People can demand companies prioritize their safety.”

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