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The Deadly Three Chemicals in Nail Polish
Also read: what your fingernails say about your health
There are a few chemicals that are commonly found in nail polish which could be harmful. In fact, here are three chemicals that you should know about that can be potentially dangerous to you that could be in your nail polish.
Toluene is the solvent in some nail polishes that helps your painted nails get that silky-smooth appearance when it dries. However, toluene has been associated with some major medical problems such as damage to the central nervous system. If you are experiencing symptoms such as headaches or general weakness, it may be caused by your nail polish
Yes, the same formaldehyde that you had to smell in your high school biology class plays a part in the preservation of nail polish as well. To most people, this chemical is not a big deal, however, if you are allergic, it may be dramatic. It could cause chemical burns or in severe cases can cause life threatening conditions such as cancer.
- Dibutyl Phthalate
I’m personally of the belief that if you can not pronounce the chemical, you don’t need it in your life. This chemical is heavily associated with gynecological disease and respiratory diseases. This can be very serious, especially if you have similar pre-existing conditions.
There have been some studies, such as one held by Duke University, that shows wearing nail polish a for about 12 hours a day could have dangerous effects. For example, they found that the more nail polish a person wore, the more triphenyl phosphate was found in their urine. This chemical is known to be a little toxic and can affect reproductive health. Although, there is not a lot of scientific research on this topic, these chemicals could be harmful to you in the long term. Therefore, you should consider not using nail polish if they have these three big bad chemicals.
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How Do You Avoid These Chemicals in Nail Polishes?
Lucky for us though, is that some nail polish companies recognize that these chemicals could be seriously harmful to people. Nail polishes will have special markings that depict which chemicals are absent in the polish.
If it says 3-Free on the bottle, that means that the nail polish doesn’t have the three chemicals we mentioned earlier, Toluene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl phthalate. Some brands take it a step farther and offer 5-Free, meaning the three chemicals, formaldehyde resins, and camphor (another less known chemical) are not in the bottle.
So now you know about these chemicals. Look for 3-Free on your nail polish to stay safe. Or if you feel like it, maybe stay away from nail polishes in general, you don’t need those deadly chemicals to look beautiful.