Hormone Disrupting Chemicals from Cosmetics Found in Teenage Girls

Wednesday, 22 October 2008  |  Tricia

A new study released this month by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that teenage girls across America are contaminated with chemicals which disrupt hormones and are found in cosmetics, skin care  and body care products. The report is available at

The study of teenage girls found 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families - phthalates, triclosan, parabens (preservatives), and musks in blood and urine samples.  Studies link these chemicals to potential health problems including cancer and hormone disruption.

Chemicals such as parabens in these products accumulate in the people and act like estrogen in the body.  Chemicals that mimic estrogen can contribute to early puberty and an increased risk of breast cancer.

The 20 girls participating in the study were aged between 14 and 19 and from locations across the U.S. and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. They used an average of nearly 17 cosmetics and personal care products per day that contain a total of 174 unique cosmetic ingredients.

Adolescence is a time of hormonal change, growth and maturation of the physiology from childhood to adulthood. At this sensitive time of life it could be very damaging to be exposed to hormone disrupting chemicals.

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