Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2016)
Raising awareness of health hazards of the practice of purchasing, applying and storing cosmetics commodities marketed in Sudan
Author(s): Abdalla M, Abdalla Mustafa, Mohamed El Mukhtar A, Aziz
Abstract: Nowadays, the use of makeup among most Sudanese ladies becomes very popular without being aware about the potential dangers of components of cosmetic products that can threaten their health while using cosmetics. Liquid foundation, face powder, lipstick and eye makeup contain a variety of toxic chemicals. They may be further contaminated with bacteria and toxic metal impurities during everyday use and storage. Mascara is also chemically based and can harbor bacteria, which is then transferred to eyes. Talc in face powder is carcinogenic. Blush and eye shadow often contain talc. Using alpha hydroxy acids to prevent face wrinkles increases cancer risk. Several facial cosmetics available in Sudanese markets are unsafe. The health hazards of lipstick are caused by the ingestion of toxic aluminum and other toxins used to make them colorful and long lasting. A questionnaire survey and statistical analysis were employed in this investigation. Actual participants size (500) were females, university students (70%), employee’s ladies (20%) house wives (7.5%) and others (2.5%). It was found that 80% of the participants are used to apply makeup, 32% apply local cosmetic preparations; 40%, share or borrow makeup; 14%, do not store makeup properly; 40%, have never read the ingredients list; the majority, do not use natural and homemade cosmetics; several, suffer from harmful effects due to the use of cosmetics. It is recommended that all users have to follow the right procedures in purchasing cosmetic products from local markets, storage at home, and applying them.