A somewhat difficult habit to break for some, but folks using beauty products like nail polish, nail polish removers, artificial nails, adhesives, and disinfectants should know that these can be toxic. Compared to the average individual, those who work at nail salons and are paid peanuts, or the customers who frequent these establishments are exposed to chemical ingredients that could contain harmful substances.

Some of the more potent chemicals are toluene, formaldehyde, ethyl methacrylate(EMA), and dibutyl phthalate(DBP). Nearly all chemicals are reported to be eye, skin, nose, and throat irritants. Some, like toluene and dibutyl phthalatesare known endocrine disruptors. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with endocrine syste, which is regulated by hormones. These hormonal disruptors can potentially lead to tumors, birth defects, reproductive harm, neurological, developmental, and immune degradation. Research has suggested that endocrine disruptors pose the greates risk during prenatal and postnatal development.

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