A small study using a sample of nine patients from a cosmetic factory in France has shown evidence that Argan Powder which is contained within some cosmetics, particularly foundation, can be linked to occupational asthma. The study was presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Barcelona on 9 September 2013.
These workers were exposed to the product in three forms, which resulted in four of the factory workers displaying symptoms that were consistent with asthma and rhinitis, three of which were found to have occupational asthma.
Dr Emmanuelle Penven who was the lead author of the study has said “Occupational asthma can be a debilitating condition if it prevents a person from working. This study is very preliminary but does suggest an association between Argan powder and occupational asthma”. He also identifies that these “findings warrant further research to understand any health risks associated with the compound”.
At Roberts Jackson Solicitors, we agree that further research is necessary into the ingredients that are used in makeup and the health risks should be identified and made clear, particularly as makeup is used by many industries such as performing arts, stage makeup, modelling along with every day use for most women around the world. Although one may argue that this study focused on workers who have high levels of exposure on a daily basis within a factory, it still does not undermine the need for further findings on commercial beauty products which can have potentially serious effect on people’s health.