Seventeen year old Porsche Moore is like many girls her age; she spends lots of time in front of the mirror making sure everything is just right. Porsche has two cosmetic bags packed with more than 20 products and says she uses a bunch of them before she ever gets out the door. "Probably like eight, maybe, it just depends on what I'm doing that day."
Researchers have found that chemicals found in many products used by teenagers can be linked to possible health issues including allergies, cancer, nervous system problems, hormone disruption and skin damage.
Dr. Jane Sadler wonders about the long term effects, saying, "The problem we have is this is a critical time in a girl's developing years; hormonally, she is developing and we don't know the level or the extent of damage that could be caused by these chemicals that are being potentially absorbed by the body."
Fourteen year old Jennifer Butler uses about 10 products everyday, but some of her friends use six products just for their eyes; she is also a part of her schools color guard which requires lots of what she calls "clownish" makeup. "I guess you think of how you look, not what it does to you," she says.
Jennifer's mom, Cindy, says all that makeup and eyeliner is a real eye-opener. "It really is; I mean I never thought that but I guess there is a lot of toxins in a lot of things we don't realize."
Doctor Sadler says the problem can be compounded because many kids rarely wash off the makeup. Dr. Sadler says there is a message beneath all that product. Be cautious, know what your kids are using and limit the number of products that are being used.