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Chemical Relaxers: The Facts Might Not Be So Relaxing
by Janet SingletonThe Defenders Online
December 18th, 2009
Chris Rockís documentary Good Hair caused bad feelings last summer for many black female film-goers, who felt more betrayed than they did fairly portrayed by the film. Lost in all of the earsplitting debates and viral blog posts, was any deeper discussion of the health implications for black women and girls who use hair straighteners.

Study: Chemicals, pollutants found in newborns
by Peter FimriteSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2009
Chemicals from cosmetics, perfumes and other fragrances were detected along with dozens of other industrial compounds in the umbilical cords of African American, Asian and Latino infants in the United States, according to a national study released Wednesday.

Dr. Oz's Tips for Pregnant Women
Good Morning American
November 30th, 2009
Dr. Mehmet Oz dropped by the show today along with Dr. Michael Roizen, the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic to talk about women and pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid toxins that can affect their kid while in the womb, Oz said.

Nanotech widespread in cosmetics, report finds
by Kelly BurkeSydney Morning Herald
November 24th, 2009
An independent analysis by Friends of the Earth, which has described nanoparticle cosmetics as the 21st-century equivalent of lead and arsenic face powders, found nanomaterials in all 10 randomly selected foundations.

More evidence nanoparticles damage DNA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
November 6th, 2009
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found some nanoparticles - which can be found in common household items - can damage DNA without even penetrating the cells.

Trick-or-treaters beware
by Amy EisingerNew York Daily News
October 28th, 2009
That Halloween face paint could be scary for more than one reason.

The Scariest Part of Halloween
by Sheila PellSan Diego Reader
October 28th, 2009
It isnít just one night, one goblin glob-fest before itís all washed down the drain and into the waterways. Ghosts with names like carbon black and terephthalate haunt us all year long.

Some Face Paints May Contain Lead
CBS-4 Boston
October 27th, 2009
Doctors are putting out a warning to parents just in time for Halloween. Some popular face paints may contain toxins that can be dangerous to kids.

Health: Dangers of Halloween Face Paint
by Stephanie StahlCBS-3 Philadelphia
October 27th, 2009
New potential dangers have been linked to face paints for kids this Halloween season.

Study: Some face paints linked to allergies
by Cheryl JenningsABC-7 San Francisco
October 27th, 2009
Test results released on Tuesday show several face paints contain heavy metals, including lead. The Food and Drug Administration plans to examine the report.

Study: Halloween Face Paint Laced with Lead
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
October 27th, 2009
Many face paints -- including those used in Halloween costume makeup -- often contain lead, nickel, cobalt and chromium. None of those ingredients, however, were listed on product packaging.

Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Scary
by Kathleen DohenyHealthDay
October 27th, 2009
If your little goblin or vampire is set to paint his or her face this Halloween to look all the more believable, you may want to think twice, according to a new report released just in time for the holiday.

Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty Face
by Kimberly ButtonGet Green Be Well blog
October 20th, 2009
More and more people are beginning to learn about the shocking dangers of the toxic chemicals that are allowed in our cosmetics and personal care items, thanks, in part, to one intrepid activist.

Skin care products and cancer: What manufacturers don't tell you
by Dr. Lorne BrandesCTV Health blog
October 14th, 2009
A new report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology warns that an ingredient in some skin creams may have serious long-term health consequences for women with, or at risk for, breast and uterine cancer. The offending substance? Estrogen!

Risky Beauty Business
The Story, from American Public Media
October 6th, 2009
Connie Nguyen has been doing hair and nails for 15 years. She's experienced dizziness and difficulty breathing. Alisha Tran, a former salon owner, experienced nausea and was twice rushed to the emergency room before a doctor told her to quit the business. Listen to their stories.

Op-Ed: Beyond skin deep: How I learned to rethink my daily morning routine
by Amelia JimenezPatriot-News
October 6th, 2009
I learned my lesson: It's fine to want to look good, but necessary to be cautious about what one puts on her face.

Rub a Dub Dub: Watch out for chemical-induced rashes in the tub
by Stacy blog
September 23rd, 2009
The products are advertised as "extra gentle" and "for sensitive skin," yet new medical papers indicate that many children's bath products contain a chemical preservative that can cause chronic skin problems that are often misdiagnosed as eczema or other diseases.

Save Your Skin
by Roddy ScheerE! The Environmental Magazine
September 21st, 2009
While consciousness has spread in recent years about the foods we eat, fewer of us think about how harmful the products we put on our skin can be to our bodies and to the environment.

Thereís Still Lead in Lipstick but the FDA Says it is OK
by Wenona NapolitanoFeelgood Style blog
September 10th, 2009
FDA scientists found lead in every brand of lipstick that they tested, but they donít consider the toxic metal a safety concern.

5 Ugly Truths You May Not Know About the Beauty Industry
by Jasmin Malik
September 10th, 2009
The $500 billion beauty industry is no stranger to the art of obfuscation. The sole purpose of cosmetics and personal-care products, after all, is to correct, conceal, and camouflage. So does it come as a surprise to anyone that there are a few sticking points certain parties would rather see glossed over?

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