Toxidity of MakeUp

Globally,a significant number of makeup products are sold daily. In the UnitedStates, manufacturers of makeup products are allowed to utilize anychemical in the process of manufacturing. There exist a wide range ofcosmetics or makeup products in the market from body care to haircare products. However, some of these products can cause eithershort-term or long-term health problem. Today, consumers have becomemore conscious, thus the increased scrutiny for ingredient used inthe manufacture of cosmetic products they use. Nevertheless, thereexist uncertainly since most of the makeup products have notundergone thorough tests. Long-term consequences of using mostmakeup products don’t exist. For this reason, most consumers areunaware of long-term exposure consequences of using makeup withingredients considered toxic. Consequences of ingredients used inmakeup products can be dreadful.

Thispaper will first analyze some of the harmful chemical used in makeupproducts, or toxic ingredients consumers can avoid. Researchinformation available concerning harmful substances found in cosmeticwill also be analyzed. Due to the toxidity in most of the makeupproducts, recommendations for health products that can be used safelyare mentioned at the end of the paper. In most products, thousandsof synthetic chemicals are utilized in their manufacture. Some of thesubstances used as beauty products also perform well in industries toclean equipments, grease gears and alleviate pesticides yet used asconsumer care products. For this reason, use of most of the beautyproducts is questionable and can be linked to birth defects orcancer. Some of the harmful chemicals used in beauty products includecarcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins. Phthalates arereproductive toxins and are found in nail polish and syntheticfragrance. According to Rogiers and Marleen, exposure to phthalatehas been connected with breast cancer and a catalyst for puberty inyoung girls. Triclosan is another chemical used in toothpastes,antibacterial soaps and deodorants to minimize bacteria growth andmold. This chemical also categorized as a pesticide can have aneffect on body hormones, which control metabolism. Lead is acarcinogen commonly found in most cosmetic products such as nailcolors, toothpastes, sunscreens and foundation. As a confirmedneurotoxin, this chemical can lead to reduced fertility andmiscarriages (Rogiers and Marleen 58).

Recently,the cosmetic has been rocked with scandals where some makeup andlotions are found contaminated with harmful toxic chemicals.According to the Environmental Working Group report, 80% of cosmeticproducts tested were found to be contaminated with harmful cancercausing substances. Since most of the beauty products are applied onthe skin, they get easily taken into the body, thus the anxiety andcause of an alarm (Wexler 129).


Consumerscan avoid using harmful beauty products by making sure that they havechosen products showing a label from Good environmental Choice. Onthe other hand, consumer can choose to use makeup that do not containphthalates, use Triclosan-free soaps.

Inconclusion, cosmetic plays a significant role in our lives such asmaking people feel and look good. However, researcher suggests thatlong-term exposure of some of the ingredients may cause cancer to theusers. Consumers should use safe make-up products, and therefore itis crucial they increase their consciousness regarding particularchemicals in makeup. Laws and regulations should be strict in howproducts should contain a warning label so that consumers are awareof the products they use.


Rogiers,Vera, and Marleen Pauwels. SafetyAssessment of Cosmetics in Europe.Basel: Karger, 2008. Print.

USFood and Drug Administration. FDA Authority Over Cosmetics. 2013.Retrieved from:

Wexler,Philip. InformationResources in Toxicology.Amsterdam: Academic/Elsevier, 2009. Print.