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Face creams' chemicals 'safe'

25th July 2007

A leading dermatologist has spoken out against a study's claims that chemicals in skin cream are damaging to health.

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A study published in June 2007 stated that women absorb - on average - up to 5 pounds of chemicals through their skin annually from face creams and cosmetics. It also suggested that chemicals in skin care products had a link to cancer and could act as an irritant to the skin.

Dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe, a spokesman for the British Skin Foundation - said the idea that creams could cause harm was a fallacy. He said that no recent study has been published in "a peer-reviewed medical journal".

He commented: "All well-formulated cosmetics from reliable companies follow stringent guidelines about what ingredients they are allowed to put into creams and lotions. Any chemical can only cause harm if it goes through the skin and into the bloodstream."

He said that it was not in the cosmetic industry's interest to have chemicals permeate through the skin. He added that many products had ingredients which could act to protect the skin, rather than damage it.

Biochemist Richard Bence published the controversial study in June in the magazine In-Cosmetics. Mr Bence said that parabens - chemicals used in many cosmetic products - could cause tumours to grow.


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