Researchers at Duke University and Environmental Research Group have recently found a dangerous chemical widely used in nail polishes in the bodies of more than two dozen women who participated in a study. The chemical is triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP.
The women all had the chemical in their body within 10 to 14 hours after painting their nails. The chemical TPHP disrupts the endocrine system and may lead to weight gain. It may also affect hormones and the reproductive system. Experts say that it's very troubling that women's bodies so quickly absorb the chemical after painting their nails.
According to a chemical database, TPHP is contained in more than 1,500 nail products, including popular brands such as Sally Hansen and Wet N Wild. Many more nail polishes may contain undisclosed TPHP. The study looked at 10 different polishes and found TPHP in eight of them. Two of the eight did not list TPHP as an ingredient.
Experts are alarmed that many teen and pre-teen girls are regularly exposed to a chemical that could harm their hormones and reproductive systems. Some consumer groups are asking nail product companies to stop using TPHP.
If you are facing health problems that you believe have been caused by a dangerous chemical, you may have legal options. You may be able to sue the product or chemical's manufacturer for your damages. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more. You can also learn more about us on Twitter.