Women who wear makeup could be victims of asbestos exposure

Applying makeup is a daily practice for many women in South Carolina. These women should be able to put on their makeup without worrying about asbestos exposure, but this might not be the case. A significant number of cosmetics could contain this cancer-causing substance, putting women everywhere at risk for serious and even fatal health problems.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cosmetic manufacturers who market their products in America are not legally required to perform safety tests on their products. One state introduced a bill that would effectively ban the sale of any cosmetics that contain anything from a list of 15 toxic minerals and chemicals. Asbestos was included on that list, as were mercury and formaldehyde. There was significant opposition to the bill, especially by those who thought it would affect job prospects in the state, and it ultimately did not pass.

The possible presence of asbestos in makeup is extremely distressing. The Centers for Disease Control acknowledges that there are no safe levels of asbestos exposure. Any type of exposure can potentially lead to cancer.

As it currently stands, women who wear makeup might have no way of telling whether their products are contaminated with asbestos. However, going without makeup is not an option for many of these women. Even if it were, those who have been applying makeup for years could have already experienced asbestos exposure. While this can be understandably frightening, women and other people in South Carolina who have been exposed to asbestos should be sure to pay close attention to their health. They should record any troubling symptoms and seek medical care when necessary.

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