Lipstick Dangerous? Fact or Fiction?

  1. Something to consider next time you go shopping for lipstick......

    This comes from someone who works in the breast cancer unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital, in Toronto. From: Dr. Nahid Neman

    Recently a lipstick brand called "Red Earth"decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90.It containe lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.

    The lipstick Brands that contain lead are:
    1. CHRISTIAN DIOR

    2. LANCOME

    3. CLINIQUE

    4. Y.S.L

    5. ESTEE LAUDER

    6. SHISEIDO

    7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)

    8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)

    9. MARKET AMERICA-MOTNES LIPSTICK.

    The higher the lead content, the greater the chance
    of causing cancer. After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that the Y.S.L. lipstick contained the most amount of lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.

    Here is the test you can do yourself:

    1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
    2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
    3. If the lipstick color changes to black, then you
    know the lipstick contains lead.

    This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   gauge14iv
    This has been circulating since the inception of email - it is always a good idea to check www.snopes.com before posting, repeating or fowarding this kind of stuff.

    The lipstick story is an urban legend.

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/lipstick.asp
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I'm glad it's urban legend because I use Lancome lipstick!


    ....BTW....It is NOT $9.90....I sure wish it was though! :spin:
  5. by   nursemary9
    I'm glad too; as I use Lancome & Estee Lauder!!

    Mary Ann
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    That's exactly why I titled it Fact or Fiction?

    I knew somebody would know the rest of the story. I'm so glad it's not true even though I don't wear lipstick.
  7. by   Halinja
    What is a little scary is...during my OB class/rotation, we had to attend childbirth classes. The childbirth instructor handed out that very lipstick thing, printed up and looking official, and told all the soon to be parents that it was absolutely true. I went home and googled it and got tons of hits like snopes. But how many of those young couples will even look? She is an authority figure, likely they'll just believe it because she said so.
  8. by   RNin2007
    Quote from Halinja
    What is a little scary is...during my OB class/rotation, we had to attend childbirth classes. The childbirth instructor handed out that very lipstick thing, printed up and looking official, and told all the soon to be parents that it was absolutely true. I went home and googled it and got tons of hits like snopes. But how many of those young couples will even look? She is an authority figure, likely they'll just believe it because she said so.
    omg that is ridiculous...she should know better as far as reputable sources. G'ssssss!

    ~J
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from RNin2007
    omg that is ridiculous...she should know better as far as reputable sources. G'ssssss!

    ~J
    You really think so?

    You honestly believe that people take the time and effort to search things through, reason with the evidence presented and attempt to come to a logical conclusion for most things in their life?

    Or do they hear something they like and thats the end of the story?




    Yep.... that's what I thought!

    Pardon me for being cynical.
  10. by   RNin2007
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    You really think so?

    You honestly believe that people take the time and effort to search things through, reason with the evidence presented and attempt to come to a logical conclusion for most things in their life?

    Or do they hear something they like and thats the end of the story?




    Yep.... that's what I thought!

    Pardon me for being cynical.
    Roy, I guess I would just *hope* that someone who is acting in the role of a nursing instructor, someone who has a certain amount of education and has learned about research in a minute degree would at least know to check the sources. For the *average* person (aka myself before any higher education) no, I would have believed it the second I heard it. Maybe I trust nursing instructors too much??! LOL

    JMHO...peace.

    ~J

    edit: maybe I read that wrong...childbirth instructor vs. nursing instructor....but then again I have no idea what credentials someone needs to teach a childbirth class =).
  11. by   Jo Dirt
    One time I put on lipstick and someone asked me if the circus was coming to town. Needless to say, it cured me of ever wearing lipstick again.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from motorcycle mama
    One time I put on lipstick and someone asked me if the circus was coming to town. Needless to say, it cured me of ever wearing lipstick again.
    Yep, the wrong color will do that.
  13. by   Halinja
    Quote from Roy Fokker

    Pardon me for being cynical.
    Cynical or not...it's true. I think a lot (I started to say most, but don't want to get in trouble here) of people regardless of their educational level, tend to laziness of mind. Its easier to accept someone else's opinion than to search out the truth.

    I am, of course (grin), excluding everyone here on allnurses from the above statement.

    I have no idea what credentials someone needs to teach a childbirth class
    She has a masters in public health.
  14. by   live4today
    I don't use any of those lipstick brands, so I'm safe....fact, fiction, or not.

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