New Study Says TPHP In Most Nail Polish Is Disrupting Your Hormones
You the read ingredient labels of everything you eat – or avoid labels altogether. Not because you believe in calories, which are sooooo 1990, but because you care about what you put in and on your body.
Sure, you sometimes take a calculated risk (hello, hair dye!), but not without knowing what you’re signing up for.
But when was the last time you gave second thought to your manicure? If you’re like us, you kinda figured that so long as you weren’t biting your nails or sniffing the paint that you were A-okay.
But we were A-o-wrong (which, sadly, lacks the same ring).
Turns out that even many of those 3-free or even 5-free nail polishes are f’ing with our hormones.
A new study conducted by researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the endocrine disruptor triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) was found in the urine of all 26 women who had recently painted their nails.
Why does this matter? Well, because as the EWG explains, “a growing body of scientific data from other studies indicates that TPHP causes endocrine disruption, meaning that it interferes with normal hormone functioning. In animal studies, it has caused reproductive and developmental irregularities.”
Often used to replace dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a more well-known endocrine disruptor that fell out of favor after pushback, TPHP is likely no better considering that, EWG reports, “evidence of the chemical in the women’s urine increased sharply after they applied the nail polish.”
Alarmingly, TPHP is a disclosed ingredient in half of the 3,000 nail products on EWG’s Skin Deep database and undisclosed in many more.
Makes you second guess your next manicure, eh?!