WHY DOES NAIL POLISH ATTRACT BAD PRESS? OUR EXPERT BUSTS THE MYTH ABOUT THE CHEMICALS IN YOUR NAIL POLISH BOTTLE!
For some reason, nail polish has never enjoyed good reputation through all ages, Lately, more often than not, it has been characterized as poison in a bottle!
More so in the last couple of years where it attracted a lot of bad press. The three big toxic chemicals in nail polish bottle by the name dibutyl phthalate(DBP), formaldehyde and toluene – were attacked making it a very hot topic in the West.
These suspect chemicals have been linked to cancer and birth defects from their formulations. So much so that even established brands had stepped up to change their formulas for nail paint to be free of these chemicals, especially the companies that have been proactively trying to keep their customers safe. But there has been no evidence of the limited exposure to the big three and their long- term effect is yet to be discovered.
With more and more people becoming chemically ‘savvy’, one needs to know what the chemicals in your lacquer bottle do and why? What possible risks and effects are caused by exposure to each of these chemicals in question?
One of the most common misconceptions that people have about nail polish is that it contains formaldehyde. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t. It only carries formaldehyde resin, a chemical that has a totally different purpose.
To lift the fog off, I have gathered some key information on the big three.
Formaldehyde is a tiny reactive molecule used in very tiny quantities in nail hardeners in order to crosslink proteins and helps strengthen the nail plate. However there has been evidence of this compound over crosslinking proteins and making nail brittle or even cause allergic reaction to the plate in worst cases. The argument over formaldehyde is unsubstantiated as you are exposed to extremely low levels. You are likely to find it on the curtains, carpets around your home than in your polish bottle! It is only a preservative and not a human carcinogen.
On the other hand, formaldehyde resin is a tough material that holds the lacquer together. Resin is a type of polymer, which suggests that they were made by linking smaller molecules into long chains. The resin makes the polish stick better and adds some flexibility. Toluene helps polish go on smoothly and stick better to the nail. It is found in gasoline, varnished, adhesives, etc. Used as an industrial solvent for the manufacturing of paints, chemicals, rubber and pharmaceuticals. It has been wrongly linked with damage to the nervous system and been linked to skin irritations, liver damage. Certainly not from the contents from a polish bottle!
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) helps lend strength to your nails and keeps them from breaking. It is a plasticizer to prevent cracks and chips. Does not evaporate into the atmosphere as it is oily liquid and is soluble in fat and slightly soluble in water. It is used as a plasticizer in polymers such as PVC, printing inks, sealants and even cosmetics. Consumer activists claim that it wreaks havoc on your hormones and may cause birth defects.
So the allergations that suggest nail polish being dangerous are ridiculous. What you got to bear in mind is that these evidences are collected after long-time research in laboratories and results are based on high doses. A simple paint will not expose you to those dangers!