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A Potentially Toxic Chemical In Nail Polish Can Seep Into Your Body

Researchers say the chemical, also used in flame retardants and plastic, was absorbed into the wearers' blood streams after their nails were painted.

By Ryan Biek | January 21, 2016

A study from October is getting a lot of headlines and making some people question their nail polish. (Video via KatiamNails / CC BY 3.0)

The joint study from Duke University and Environmental Working Group says a chemical used in many nail polishes known as TPHP can leak through the skin and into the wearer's bloodstream. (Video via KCAL)

TPHP is often found in plastics and flame retardants, and nail polish-makers add the chemical to boost durability and flexibilty.

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The study's 26 participants showed a 700 percent increase, on average, in the metabolized form of TPHP. This spike came 10 hours after painting their nails.

Not much is known about the chemical's effects on humans, though. A study using animals did link TPHP to reproductive and developmental issues, but it's still too soon to say if that applies to people.

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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