Acta Scientific Medical Sciences

PerspectiveVolume 2 Issue 5

Exposure to Heavy Metals from the Consumption of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Heba Shaaban*

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Heba Shaaban, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Received: May 29, 2018; Published: July 09, 2018

Citation: Heba Shaaban.“Exposure to Heavy Metals from the Consumption of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.5 (2018).

  Cosmetics and personal care products are routinely used worldwide and considered as an essential part of body care. Heavy metals are a group of chemicals that can be found in such products including mercury, arsenic, lead, aluminum, cadmium and etc [1]. There is a great concern about the occurrence of heavy metals in cosmetic products due to their hazardousness [2,3]. Because of the harmful effects of metals on health, some countries restricted their content in body care products. On the other hand, many countries have no regulations regarding their occurrence in cosmetic products [4].

  Metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium can be absorbed from the skin causing allergic contact dermatitis [5]. Other metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum can transfer to blood vessels and transported into various organs and consequently accumulated in these organs causing toxic effects [6]. The association between the high level of mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum in blood, urine and organs of people who are extensively use cosmetic products confirm the absorption of these metals through the skin [7].

Copyright: © 2018 Heba Shaaban. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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