Chemical Substance in Cosmetics Gives Teenagers Early Puberty
Warning was delivered by a number of researchers who conducted a study involving 1151 girls aged 6-8 years in New York City, Cincinnati and northern California. In a urine test they found three types of chemicals that are often found in cosmetic products, which are phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens.
The researchers found that these chemical substances are found in a variety of cosmetic products, such as nail polish, cosmetic, perfume, lotion and shampoo. Some types of plastic products also use these chemicals.
In a high levels, phthalates and phytoestrogens could cause premature breast development. Phthalates are found in shampoo and lotion products is said can causes pubic hair to grow faster. Meanwhile, other chemicals contained in plastic products or building materials is suspected of causing delayed puberty in teenagers.
“These chemicals affect mammary gland development in female teenagers. In the long term, these chemicals may affect the occurrence of breast cancer in adulthood,” said Mary Wolff, a professor from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Wolff explains, formerly a research mentions the premature puberty affects the child’s health and social life. “It can cause diabetes or cancer,” he said. Nevertheless, Wolff explains more research is still needed on these three types of chemicals.