Cos­met­ics ‘can af­fect hor­mones’

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY LAURA SHARMAN

CHEM­I­CALS found in beauty prod­ucts af­fect women’s re­pro­duc­tive hor­mones – and could lead to breast can­cer, ac­cord­ing to re­search.

The US study ex­am­ined mix­tures of chem­i­cals – such as parabens and benzo phe­nones – in per­sonal care prod­ucts in re­la­tion to hor­mones in healthy, re­pro­duc­tive-aged women us­ing sev­eral meth­ods of ex­po­sure across the men­strual cy­cle.

Some 500 urine sam­ples were col­lected from 143 women aged 18 to 44.

Lev­els of re­pro­duc­tive hor­mones were shown to ei­ther in­crease or de­crease in as­so­ci­a­tion with var­i­ous dif­fer­ent chem­i­cals and UV fil­ters, high­light­ing the com­plex­i­ties of such chem­i­cals.

Cer­tain chem­i­cals were also found to in­crease lev­els of oe­stro­gen, which could have a knock-on ef­fect on oe­stro­gen de­pen­dent dis­eases such as breast can­cer.

Dr Anna Pol­lack, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in Vir­ginia, said: “We may need to be care­ful about the chem­i­cals in the beauty and per­sonal care prod­ucts we use.”

WARN­ING Beauty prod­ucts

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