Chemicals in lipstick, nail varnish and deodorant may trigger early puberty, study suggests

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Chemicals found in lipstick, nail varnish and deodorant could be causing early puberty in girls, a long running study of mothers and their daughters suggests.

The research found a linear relationship between exposure of phthalates, parabens and phenols and the onset of puberty in girls, although there was no similar observation in boys.

The link was there both when a daughter had been exposed to the chemicals in the womb, and while growing up.

Phthalates are found in scented products such as perfumes, deodorants, soaps, shampoo, nail polish and cosmetics while parabens are often used as preservatives in cosmetics and other personal care products.

Phenols are mostly found in soap, toothpaste,…

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