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Study: Most cosmetics have toxic chemicals

  • Published at 07:27 pm March 5th, 2016

There are many toxic chemicals in both imported and exported beauty products in Bangladesh  and they pose an alarming threat to human health and environment, a study carried out by an environmental organization said.

The report, styled ‘Toxic Chemicals in Beauty Products- A  Potential Threat to Human Health and Environment’, carried out by Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) was launched yesterday at its office in the capital.

The report was mentioned that Titanium (Ti) in high concentrations, which has been linked to cancer, was found especially in skin brightening creams and baby lotions.

Syed Marghub Murshed, the chairperson of ESDO, said almost all beauty product samples contained at least three heavy metals and toxic chemicals in very high concentrations. 

“Long time exposure to these metals can cause cancer. The toxic chemicals that are found in the cosmetics and beauty products have several effects which are detrimental to both human health and the environment,” he said.

The report mentioned that Titanium was found in more than 78% of the skin fairness and bleaching creams, which is two times more harmful than Mercury and also carcinogenic.

Titanium was found 241 ppm in a widely used baby lotion and the average concentration of Zinc in baby lotion was 9.03 ppm, it said.

Dr Shahriar Hossain, the secretary general of ESDO, and Executive Director Siddika Sultana stressed the importance of regulations to limit the maximum concentration of toxic chemicals in beauty products.

Based on the findings, the study outlined some recommendations for the government, related agencies and consumers. It suggested that manufacturers should be required by law to label their products with the accurate concentration of all chemicals.