Over at UC Berkeley, including Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas, a new study compiled by researchers have shown what happens to a persons body after they have quit using various cosmetic products, shampoos, as well as other various personal care products, can give a person to a tremendous drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are within their body.
The results that were gathered from the study were released in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, showing that they had given 100 Latina teenagers a variety of personal care items that were already labeled to be free of any common chemicals that include pthalates, oxybenzone, triclosan, and parabens. You can find all of these toxic chemicals regularly in your everyday cosmetics, conditioner, shampoo, soaps, sunscreen, and a lot of other hair products.
Another persuading factor are the horrible animal testing that states these products can directly interfere with a persons endocrine system. The lead researcher of the study, Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, stated this in concern of the issue:
“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals. Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”
The results of the study were amazing. Only having a three-day trial, the teenage girls that used the lower-chemical induced products had shown a significant drop in the levels of chemicals within their body, tested through urine samples. To be a little more thorough as to what this means, both triclosan and bezophenone-3 had fallen 36 percent, metabolites of diethyl pthalate, found in perfumes, had dropped by 27 percent, methyl and propyl parabens, common preservatives found in cosmetics, had dropped by 44 and 45 percent.
Kimberly Parra, co-director to the study, stated this in concern of teenagers participating in this study and for future reference:
The results of the study are particularly interesting on a scientific level, but the fact that high school students led the study set a new path to engaging youth to learn about science and how it can be used to improve the health of their communities. After learning of the results, the youth took it upon themselves to educate friends and community members, and presented their cause to legislatures in Sacramento.