Asbestos in makeup products is anything but a new revelation. A study published in 2014 by the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health placed one of many spotlights on the problem and its effects on teens and tweens.
Over the past seven years, more data has come to light, revealing similar findings. Yet, these dangerous products remain not only on the market but also accessible to young people.
Continuing Evidence of Contamination
A recent study by a nonprofit advocacy organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that carcinogens responsible for severe illnesses and deaths remain present in makeup products. The EWG identified 15 percent of samples containing trace amounts of asbestos. In total, 2,000 products are contaminated, including a children’s toy makeup kit. Half are powders that can be easily inhaled and could find their way into the lungs.
Tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration backs up EWG’s findings. The FDA found asbestos in 52 cosmetic products from retailers Claire’s and Justice, popular with young people.
High-profile cosmetic giants who have been around for decades and dominate their market share claim that testing is taking place. Analysis of their methods in asbestos detection reveals woefully outdated methods. Should they continue on that track, their market share may shrink, and not because of a lack of interest in their products.
Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma. Symptoms of the disease often do not show up for decades. By that time, treatment options may be limited. Research continues, and progress has been made. However, for those who have purchased cosmetics in the past, effective methods, if not a cure, may come too late.