Many long-lasting makeup products contain Chemicals . They are made up of called PFAS. PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These Chemicals are so sturdy they can linger in the body for years and the environment for centuries.
The health effects are well known for only a few of the thousands of PFAS. Those compounds have been linked to high cholesterol, thyroid diseases and other problems.Graham Peaslee, a physics and chemist who is currently working in Indiana says that there is no known good PFAS. Peaslee was part of a team that did the first large screening for PFAS in cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada.
The team tested 231 products for fluorine. This is a key part of any PFAS. Nearly 52% of those products contained a high fluorine level, suggesting it contained at least one PFAS. That included 63% of foundations, 55% of lip products and 82% of waterproof mascaras.Long-lasting or waterproof products were especially likely to contain lots of fluorine and PFAS are water-repellent. They may be added to cosmetics to make the products more water-resistant.Peaslee’s team then tested 29 products for specific PFAS. All contained at least four PFAS. But only one product listed PFAS as an ingredient.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also collecting industry data on the use of PFAS Chemicals and connected health risks. It is considering regulations to reduce possible risks caused by the Chemicals. PFAS Chemicals are an issue of increasing concern for lawmakers who are working to control their use in consumer products. The study results were announced as a group of U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban the use of PFAS in cosmetics and other beauty products.