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Asbestos in cosmetic products

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2023 | Mesothelioma

woman applying cosmetic powder on her face

Cosmetic products, such as lipstick or makeup, are often talc-based. Talc is great for an even, consistent look, and it also absorbs excessive moisture. However, many talc-based products contain asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral that causes serious health issues.

It is important for consumers to understand how asbestos contamination happens and what the repercussions could be.

How asbestos gets in talc products

Some companies sell cosmetics that contain asbestos without realizing it. Asbestos dust often contaminates the talc powder during production. This is especially the case when manufacturers do not properly clean or maintain their equipment. Once someone has the powder on their skin, they can easily inhale it throughout the day.

How asbestos can damage a person’s health

Asbestos consists of tiny fibers that can become airborne when someone disturbs it. The fibers interact with the tissues in the lungs and remain there, causing a variety of long-term health problems. Some of the most serious illnesses are mesothelioma and asbestosis.

While many people used to believe that mesotheliomas occurred spontaneously in women, the discourse is now changing due to the discovery of asbestos in many talc products. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine conducted a study that looked at 33 mesothelioma patients. They found that talcum powder was the only thing these individuals used that could have exposed them to asbestos.

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eradicate asbestos from the environment. This is why consumers need to be careful when they buy any product that could contain this mineral. With the right amount of research and awareness, people can keep themselves and their families safe.


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