Adverse effects of personal care products double in 2016

Dive Brief:

  • A significant number of beauty and wellness products caused adverse affects as reported by users, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine scientists in Chicago. Researchers tracked reports from 2004 to 2016, which numbered 5,144 total and rose from 706 in 2015 to 1,591 last year, according to the report.
  • The three categories implicated most often — showing increased reports of adverse affects — were hair care, skin care and tattoos. Products with reports of serious health outcomes that were “significantly higher than average” (35%) were, in order: baby, unclassified, personal cleanliness, hair care and hair coloring. Read more

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