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Study shows even toxin-free nail polish contains toxins

A recent study by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control found that even nail polishes that claim to be free of toxic chemicals still contain them. Chemicals such as DBP, formaldehyde and toluene are all present in many of today’s most popular brands.

According to The Daily Green, the study looked at 25 nail polishes used in San Francisco salons. 12 of the products were labeled as being free of at least some of the chemicals, and seven claimed to be toxin free. However, only two of the products’ claims were found to be true when tested.

This worries salon workers, who are exposed to the products every day for multiple hours. Consumers do not have as high of a risk, because they are not exposed to nail polish as long.

Still, women expect honesty from cosmetics companies they have come to trust over the years.

A group called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, made up of 150 non-profit organizations who want to protect consumers’ health, is urging the federal government to get involved.

“Clearly we have a big problem,” said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

“While the FDA has the responsibility to protect the public by ensuring cosmetics are safe and non-toxic, under current law it doesn’t have the authority to do so… Ultimately we need stronger laws at the federal level that set a bottom line of safety, no matter where you live and work,” she said.

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