Dr. Ann Blake, a Molecular Genetics expert from the University of Oregon, USA and a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel of California’s Environmental Protection Agency talked about the presence of major chemicals in cosmetics such as lead in lipstick, mercury and hydroquinone in skin whiteners, coal tar derivatives in dark hair dyes, hormone disruptors in fragranced products, and formaldehyde and paraben preservatives in numerous personal care items.
“Cosmetic ingredients are ubiquitous in our bodies and the environment. The impacts of long-term, multiple chronic exposures are unknown, but recent science indicates cause for concern, particularly around heavy metals, persistent and bio-accumulative ingredients, and hormone-disrupting chemicals,” Blake said in a statement.
She said 19 percent of all cancers can be attributed to environmental exposures.
“Exposures at critical windows of development can cause lifetime problems (and costs to society) such as hypospadias (a birth defect of the male urethra in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside, rather than at the end of the penis.) and the early onset of puberty in girls,” she said.
Other diseases that may result from toxic chemicals include diseases affecting the central nervous system such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease and those affecting the female reproductive system such as endometriosis and breast cancer.
Male reproductive system illnesses arising from toxic chemicals include cryptorchidism or undescended testicles, hypospadias infertility or subfertility, testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other diseases such as juvenile diabetes and obesity.