A UC-Berkeley study finds that many common lipsticks contain heavy metals like cadmium and chromium, which are both linked to breast cancer. Our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics broke the story about lead
in lipstick 6 years ago, but this latest research also tested for concentrations of additional metals.
Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam was quoted in The Huffington Post:
"It's definitely a
preliminary study and something that needs more research, but we're concerned
about there being potentially toxic chemicals in lipstick and consumers not
knowing about it."
for example, is a carcinogen that has been found in breast cancer
biopsies and shown to cause cancer cells to multiply in lab experiments.
Metals are often used in mineral dyes, which give lipstick its pigment,
and are also often found in soil and groundwater. 'Cadmium is a very
common contaminant in soil,' says Sharima Rasanayagam, a scientist at
the Breast Cancer Fund. 'What's concerning is that consumers don't know
they're in the lipstick.'"
Since cosmetics companies
and the FDA have failed to take steps to protect consumers from toxic metals
found in lipsticks, consumers must educate themselves about how to make safe
choices. Lipstick lovers may want to start cutting back on the product, saving
it for special occasions, or to choose safer options. Parents should prohibit children from wearing lipstick because toxic metals
found in these products are too dangerous for developing minds and bodies.
Check out our Storify, which is tracking the buzz.