Heavy Metal Mouths?: Study Finds Carcinogens In 32 Commonly Sold Lipsticks

Great information. I will be doing a double take before dolling up.


Before you pucker up and slather on your favorite lip lacquer, consider the carcinogens: A new study tested 32 lipsticks and lip glosses and found they contain things like lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals. Some of those were present in potentially toxic levels, especially bad news if you’re the type to chew your lip.

Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health now want the Food and Drug Administration to “wake up and pay attention,” reports USA Today.

While there have been previous studies showing low levels of certain carcinogens, this study looked at more metals than previous studies and estimated potential health risks based on how often someone uses lipstick and what the concentration of metals is in each kind.

“Just finding these metals isn’t the issue. It’s the levels that matter,” says co-author S. Katharine Hammond, professor of environmental health. And…

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