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CVS Is Cutting These Chemicals Out Of Their Cosmetics

By Maria Cook

In a move that will surely be a welcome surprise to many health-conscious shoppers, pharmacy giant CVS recently announced that it will be pruning certain cosmetics products from its store shelves--including those which contain parabens and phthalates. The main reason for the change? According to CVS Vice President of Store Brands & Quality Assurance, Cia Tucci, customer demand played a large role in the decision. 

As Tucci explains at GreenBiz, "When it comes to our store brand beauty and personal care products, we’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want products that work, with all the benefits they’re accustomed to, but with fewer ingredients of concern."

It's no surprise that customers have begun voicing uncertainty about such ingredients in recent years. Parabens and phthalates, classes of chemicals which are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics products, have been under increasing scrutiny of late. Though the FDA has not found any conclusive evidence that parabens and phthalates have an impact on human health, and thus does not regulate their use in cosmetics products, some members of the public have begun shying away from such ingredients. 

Their reaction makes sense. One study, from JAMA Pediatrics, concludes that, "a growing body of evidence shows that exposure to a number of chemicals may adversely affect child development through altered endocrine function."

Because of their effect on hormone production in certain animal studies, many believe parabens and phthalates could also disrupt the normal hormonal functions in humans. This is how such chemicals have earned the nickname "endocrine disruptors." 

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