A small survey carried out in Bay Area of California has found that some cosmetic companies are falsely claiming that their nail polishes do not contain any toxic chemicals.
The study was conducted by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) which analyzed 25 nail polish brands distributed in salons in Bay Area and found that some of the nail polishes that claim their products free of three hazardous chemicals contain trace amounts of at least one of them.
The three hazardous chemicals include toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde and the report added that these chemicals were more likely to be absent among those nail polishes that make no such claim. All of the three chemicals have been linked to a number of health problems including asthma, developmental problems and other illnesses.
"We know there are exposures at salons, both to workers and customers, and we're concerned about potential harm. Our strategy first and foremost is to shed light on the reality of what's in these products and put this information out to everyone", DTSC's Karl Palmer said.