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Because many original research papers remain restricted by publishers it is not always possible to link visitors to the original research so the links that we give will normally be to the 'second level' reports from reliable and respected sources such as MedicalNewsToday, WebMD, MedPage Today and Medscape.
If you wish to pursue your own researches beyond these pages, one of our regular contributors, John Scott, has some suggestions for sites which will provide you with reliable and informative material.
Although the dyes Brilliant Blue (ED133) and Patent Blue (E131) are authorised for use in the EU, both have been found to permeate recently shaved or damaged skin. January 2013
Phthalates in personal care products may increase risk of diabetes in women. July 2012
Tests reveal lead content of lipsticks is above that allowed in candy bars. February 2012
Research links contact dermatitis to cosmetic ingredients.
Parabens in breast tissue not limited to women who have used underarm products.
Allergic contact dermatitis to preservatives and fragrances in cosmetic.
Non-fragrance allergens in specific cosmetic products.
Manchester-based law firm calls for a ban on hair dye chemical.
Serious adverse effects from cosmetics.
Check reveals 'green' products may come from petroleum rather than plant-based sources.
Safer, more effective skin-whitening creams from ancient Chinese herbal medicine.
Antibacterial soaps - being too clean can make you sick.
Rhinoconjunctival sensitization to hydrolyzed wheat protein in facial soap can induce wheat-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis.
Mintel Beauty Innovation reveals ‘Down to Earth’ as key trend to impact beauty in 2011.
Scented consumer products shown to emit many unlisted chemicals.
Health risk posed by secret chemicals in fragrances. May 2010
Heavy metals in children's face paints. October 2009
Fragrance allergens found in babies' bathwater. July 2009
Fragrance in personal care and household products causes eczema.
Common skin cream ingredient is a marine pollutant.
Allergic to perfumes, Donna Robertson has MCS, but many doctors still dismiss the condition.
Even natural perfumes may cause allergies.
Skin creams make skins drier.
Lip balm addiction and chapped / eczematous lips.
Hairspray linked to genital defect in newborn boys. January 2009
Nail extension chemicals can cause allergic reactions and permanent damage.
Permanent makeup - solution or nightmare? May 2008
How to protect yourself if you're sensitive to scents.
Synthetic fragrance recognised as potentially harmful. July 2007
Skin patch test may not detect allergy to geraniol.
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