7 comments to “Study Links Cosmetics Use to Altered Body Chemistry”

  1. Angela Bower

    In my opinion it is always advisable to avoid as many artificially produced chemicals as possible and to select more natural products. The complexity of the chemical structure in natural products rules out an overdose of any one element, so it is safer for the body. However, not all natural products are screened for contamination from pesticides. So to truly eliminate all chemicals the study would need to be done with only organic products that have been certified as organic such as Neal’s Yard Remedies. I am a consultant in the UK but they have outlets and consultants in the U.S. also. The prices are fair and the ingredients free of all harm. Thank you so much for your work and the highlighting once again of such a much needed subject. For it is with knowledge and understanding we can break free of the chemicals in society once again.

  2. Hal Levin

    I would like to know the extent of cultural pressures on women’s choices regarding cosmetics, clothing, and other choices with (environmental) health implications. For example, what does it take for women (or girls) to feel OK about themselves when they “go natural” as suggested by previous commenter Matthew Mabey who raised a lot of good points and offered suggestions for a follow-on study.

    IMHO – We tend to focus too little on behavior and motivation and too much on technology.

  3. Betty Martin

    I would be interested in knowing what products the researchers were able to find that were free of “phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone”. Thank you.

  4. Jenna Wilson

    Products containing parabens have undergone a lot of scrutiny over the years, but it makes you wonder since just about all kinds of cosmetics have some kind of parabens including deodorants, mascara it would be interesting to see a long-term study and its long-term impact on body chemistry.

  5. Bert Voorhees

    The article refers to using “products free of common ingredients,” yet does not say what those common ingredients are. That would seem to be the most useful information that could be provided in conjunction with this study.

  6. Matthew Mabey

    Fascinating research of a type that we need more of. From this article, it would appear that the 100 girls were self selected from a science oriented sub-population and that there was no control group. I guess those need to be the next steps: 1) randomly selected groups from a general population, 2) control, treatment, and placebo groups, and 3) larger groups.
    Given the quick response that is reported here, perhaps it would also be wise to include a group where no products were used instead of substituting “safer” replacement products. It would mean that the girls would have to “go natural” for a week, but it would be interesting to observe the results.

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