Hi! I’m Kelsey. I’m a student at UMass Amherst and a blogger.
I love nail polish. I use it all the time, and changing my nails color is one of my favorite ways to express myself. Most nail polishes are made with chemicals that can be harmful to your health long term, so I started this blog to share what I’ve learned about the dangers of using nail polish with harmful chemicals.
While there is no conclusive scientific research that proves these ingredients in nail polish cause cancer, there is enough evidence out there to make me want to switch to a safer alternative. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Wearing nail polish is fun and it can be pretty, but most people don’t realize the long term harm it can cause to your body. Most nail polish companies use harmful chemicals that could cause serious damage to your health. Many of these chemicals are known to be carcinogenic or hormone disrupting. It’s not just the polish on your nails that causes damage; it’s also what you inhale from the fumes.
I know you think these chemicals are safe because they’re approved by the FDA and other regulating bodies, but many of these chemicals have been approved for ages before we realized their danger. The FDA has only recently started testing cosmetics for safety and there are still many untested.
As a nail salon owner I was shocked to discover how dangerous nail polish really is, and I’ve made it my personal mission to educate everyone about this issue so they’ll stop using toxic products and start using safe ones.
Nail polish is something that we put on our nails that can cause many different diseases and types of cancer. Many people use nail polish without knowing the dangers of using it. Some of these dangers include damage to your liver, reproductive system, and brain system.
We always see women using nail polish but we don’t think about the risks of using it. Most people don’t really think about how toxic nail polish really is. If a person paints their nails several times a year, they could be in danger.
There are some nail polishes that are harmful and others that aren’t as harmful. You should try to use nail polishes that have no harmful chemicals such as: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, and camphor.
I love my nails, they must look beautiful at all times. But I never thought that my nail polish could be harmful to me until I read that some of the chemicals in nail polish are carcinogens and may cause cancer after long term exposure. Some of these include:
-Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
It is also suggested that these chemicals can enter your blood stream through broken skin, or by simply applying nail polish remover. Minimal exposure does not seem to be a problem, but women who apply nail polish often should consider using these alternatives:
-Three-free products (free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP)
-Five-free products (free of formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, camphor and formaldehyde)
Nail polish is not a new beauty product, yet it’s one of the top choices in the cosmetics industry. The market for nail polish is estimated to be worth $782 million across the globe. The key players in this market include Revlon, L’Oreal, and Proctor & Gamble.
Polish makes nails look great, but it can also make them feel brittle and dry. This is because many polishes contain harmful chemicals. Many people are unaware of this fact and use it without thinking twice. In fact, some people don’t even know that nail polish can be dangerous at all!
Toluene is a harmful chemical found in many polishes. It has been known to cause reproductive harm and birth defects in women who use products containing it during pregnancy; such women should avoid using it altogether if possible! Tolulene also causes headaches, dizziness, eye irritation, nausea/vomiting; if you experience any symptoms after applying your favorite brand of lacquer then stop using it immediately!
“Nail polish (also known as nail varnish) is a lacquer that can be applied to the human fingernail or toenails to decorate and protect the nail plates. The formulation has been revised repeatedly to enhance its decorative effects, and to suppress cracking or flaking. Nail polish consists of a mix of an organic polymer and several other components, depending on the brand.
The most common use of nail polish is to decorate fingernails. Toenail polish is similar to fingernail polish, but there are several special varieties formulated for the slightly thicker nails that grow on the toes.”
Nail polish is a substance used to color the fingernails and toenails. A manicure and pedicure are beauty treatments that trim, shape, and polish the nail. Often these procedures remove the cuticles and soften the skin around the nails.
Some of the most commonly used chemicals in nail polishes include:
1.Formaldehyde*Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) and has been linked to occupational cancers such as nasopharyngeal and nasal sinus cancer. In 2010, The National Toxicology Program determined that formaldehyde is “known to be a human carcinogen” based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans. In 2011, The International Agency for Research on Cancer reclassified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen.*
2.Toluene*Toluene is used in nail products to reduce cracking, and it makes for an easy application by allowing polish to glide across nails without dragging or streaking. It can cause reproductive harm, birth defects, nausea, headaches, skin irritation, memory loss and hearing loss in those who are exposed over time.*
3.Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)*DBP is added to plastics to make