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Chemicals in cosmetics can harm girls' development, group says

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Putting on a pretty face can have some ugly side effects, especially for young girls.

That's the warning by consumer health group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, who says girls as young as 7 or 8 who are increasingly using scented body lotions, tinted lip glosses and other cosmetics that can disrupt their development.

What's on your skin can be absorbed into the body, the group says, and as girls grow into their teens, the number of beauty products containing chemicals often increases.

"We did a survey recently that found that teenage girls were using 17 different products a day with over 200 chemicals. So that's a lot of exposure to toxins," Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, told

Some widely used chemicals often included in commercial cosmetics are known hormone disrupters, adversely affecting a girl's development. These chemicals can cause girls to mature faster and gradually increase their cancer risk.

"The researchers studied the urine of these girls, and they found 13 hormone-disrupting cosmetic chemicals in their urine," Malkan said.

Fragrances, paraben and triclosan are the worst cosmetic ingredients, according to Malkan.

To read the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics database of more than 70,000 products, go to

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