Although many people consider themselves health-conscious, they are mostly unaware of the negative effects of nail polish. According to a recent study, most of the nail polishes sold in the USA and Europe are very harmful.

What did the study show?

The scientists examined 20 women who used nail polish regularly and checked them for traces of chemicals. The results showed that the women had numerous toxins in their bodies which they got from nail polish. The toxins identified were triphenyl phosphate, which appeared in their bodies about 10 hours after putting nail polish on. Another study confirmed these results, and also discovered that 8 out of 10 nail polish brands contain this dangerous chemical. Only six of them have highlighted the chemical on their labels.

Triphenyl phosphate

TPHP or triphenyl phosphate is linked to several diseases and conditions and it negatively affects your endocrine system. According to Dr. Heather Stapleton, one of the leading scientists on the study, numerous studies have shown that triphenyl phosphate can directly affect the production of hormones, reproduction and metabolism.

As they need proper development and hormonal balance in their age, teenage girls who use nail polish every day are especially affected. TPHP is considered a dangerous neurotoxin, endocrine toxin, reproductive toxin and skin allergen and irritant.


Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical that can be easily dissolved in water or air, and gives nail polishes their specific scent. If a person comes in contact with it, he or she could experience asthma and breathing difficulties. People suffering from chronic diseases are more prone to the negative effects of formaldehyde.


Toluene is a dangerous substance which is linked to child development disruptions, and in some cases, it was found in mother’s milk as well. Toluene is also a strong skin irritant.

Dibutyl phthalate

Some nail polishes use this substance as a replacement for TPHP, but dibutyl phthalate is just as dangerous. Like TPHP, it negatively affects the reproductive system and disrupts the hormonal balance in the human body.

Natural nail polish solutions

The good news is that due to complaints, manufacturers are now replacing the dangerous chemicals with safer substances. However, you’re better off picking a natural nail polish product such as Honeybee Gardens, Acquarella, SpaRitual and Peacekeeper Cause-Metics.

As you see, you don’t need to stop using nail polish – you just need to check the labels of your favorite brand and switch to a natural one if it contains harmful ingredients.