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Questions raised over ingredients of makeup and teen usage

We tell you about studies all the time, some of which that are very concerning to us.

A new study links chemicals found in makeup and body care products to be harmful, cancerous to teens. We wanted to know how much concern should be given to this?

So today, we sent KLTV 7's Danielle Capper to find out.


Teenagers Jacee and Michelle are like many girls their age. They use multiple products every day - makeup, hair, skin and more.

"I straighten my hair then I do the makeup and hair," said Michelle Sessions, 19.

"I put the powder, eyeliner, mascara then I do my hair. The shampoo, conditioner, volume, and I use hairspray and root lifter and the moose if I'm doing curly days," said Jacee Rounsavall, 16.

If you add them up they use over 15 products.

"I used it and liked it. I never thought about what was in it," said Michelle.

"I've never thought about what it could do," said Jacee.

A study by the environmental working group revealed chemicals found in cosmetics could be potentially deadly.

The chemicals of concern: Phthalates, triclosan, musks, and parabens.

"At first it's very alarming. And that is some of the danger of it. They haven't given a lot of meat to what they are suggesting," said Dr. Jai Ellis, with KLTV 7's Med Team.

KLTV 7 Med Team Dr. Jai Ellis says not to panic - the levels of these chemicals found in the girls were within normal limits.

"If you look at what they found in the blood and urine samples and you compare them to what the CDC says is normal and acceptable. They are all in the acceptable range. None of them came close to the unacceptable range," said Dr. Ellis.

Dr. Jai says this study is too small, and the findings inconclusive. She suggests keeping a vigilant eye.

"We need to be our own advocate. We need to look at labels and we need to look and see what the things on those labels mean," said Dr. Ellis.

That's advice the girls and their mother agrees with.

"They need to put on there what effects it could cause. Most people are so busy don't have the time to stop and read about," said Michelle's mom, Christi Sessions.  

"I think they should test them, watch them, pull them off shelves," said Jacee.

One thing Dr. Jai also wanted to mention is that the lack of regulation for cosmetics.

The cosmetic makers do not have to undergo any mandatory safety testing before a product is allowed to be sold on the open market.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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