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Women Put an Average of 168 Chemicals on Their Bodies Daily

Cosmetic Chemicals

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  • The average US woman uses 12 personal care products a day, containing 168 different chemicals
  • While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily
  • Women with higher levels of personal-care chemicals in their bodies experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels

By Dr. Mercola

Almost 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, and only about 10 percent have been evaluated for safety. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, they don't often exercise it…


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