Personal Care Products

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Are your shampoos and lotions safe to use?

Personal care products like shampoos and lotions that we use every day should be free of toxic chemicals linked to learning disabilities and other adverse health effects. But the truth is, tens of thousands of beauty and personal care products include unnecessary toxic chemicals. Examples include toluene in nail polish; formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in hair and body products; and even lead in lipstick. Toxic phthalates harm brain development and are linked to learning disabilities, ADHD, impulsivity, and even autism, and are often hidden under the word “fragrance” in products like shampoos and lotions.

Why are these toxic chemicals allowed? Simply put, the laws in place are badly broken and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the authority to effectively regulate the $81 billion cosmetics industry.

Stay tuned for more: LDA will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways for our powerful voices to weigh-in as cosmetic safety bills are proposed and move through Congress.

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Tracy Gregoire

Tracy Gregoire

Tracy Gregoire is the Healthy Children Project Director for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and is a long-time advocate for children’s health.

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