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Could your nail polish be making you sick? The answer might surprise you!
Some of the products commonly used in California salons were found to contain a "toxic trio" of chemicals linked to birth defects, asthma and other serious health concerns - despite the fact that the polishes were labeled as being free of these chemicals!
Regulators tested 25 randomly chosen nail polish products chosen, and found that many contained one or more of a chemical that it was advertised to be free of, including toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde.
A Department of Toxic Substances Control report revealed that mislabeled nail polishes have the potential to harm thousands or women who work at or visit one of the 48,000 nail salons in the state.
“We know there are exposures at salons, both to workers and customers, and we’re concerned about potential harm,” Karl Palmer, the DTSC’s pollution prevention performance manager who oversaw the report, told the Associated Press.
Among the products tested that the state says were mislabeled were:
Sation 99 basecoat
Sation 53 red-pink nail color
Dare to Wear nail lacquer
Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer
New York Summer Nail Color
Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer
Sunshine nail lacquer
Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat
Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat
Golden Girl Topcoat
Nail Art Top-N-Seal
High Gloss Topcoat
Even scarier - the report found that five of seven products that claimed to be "free of the toxic three" included one or more of the agents in significant levels.
Do you use any of these nail polishes?