The average woman in the U.S. uses about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily.
The average man uses about 6.
Many of these products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) including phthalates, parabens, and triclosan.
These EDCs are of concern because of their potential links to cancer, infertility, and developmental harm to children.
To investigate these exposures and reduce levels in a population of adolescent teens, we have initiated the community engaged Health and Environmental Research in Make-up Of Salinas Adolescents project or the HERMOSA Study. In Spanish, “hermosa” means “beautiful.” Goals of the HERMOSA Study:
1) conduct an intervention study to determine if providing low-chemical personal care products can reduce exposure levels to four EDCs; and
2) reduce the exposure to EDCs in Latina teens through a multi-pronged advocacy strategy.
The HERMOSA Study is a joint effort between UC Berkeley, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, and a team of youth researchers from the CHAMACOS Youth Community Council.