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A 2023 report found high levels of formaldehyde in cosmetics and personal care products marketed to people of color. 

The Washington State environmental agency tested 50 low-cost products such as lipstick, skin lotions, foundation marketed for people with darker skin tones, and hair products labeled as containing a formaldehyde releaser. It found formaldehyde in 24 of the products above 200 ppm, high enough to cause allergic reactions in some people. Formaldehyde was found in all of the tested hair styling gels and creams! 

Formaldehyde has no place in products that we use on our skin and hair. It is a known carcinogen: exposure is linked to cancers like leukemia and throat, uterine, and breast cancer. Even low levels can lead to adverse health effects including breathing issues for people with asthma and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.

Other testing has also found major beauty brands selling cosmetics laden with PFAS, forever chemicals that can also harm our health.

Despite these troubling health hazards, companies like Sally Beauty continue to sell products that contain chemicals like formaldehyde and PFAS. 

Tell Sally Beauty that hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde and PFAS don’t belong in the personal care products we use every day!