A neurosurgeon, Dr. Phillip Njemanze, has noted that excessive use of makeup by women could lead to fertility problems.
Njemanze spoke to journalists on Thursday, calling for enlightenment on the issue.
“The skin absorbed up to 60 per cent of the chemicals in cosmetic products that it comes in contact with directly into the bloodstream,” Njemanze said.
“Polysorbate 80, also called Tween 80, is a sticky synthetic compound, a surfactant and emulsifier often used in foods and cosmetics.”
“It is used in soaps, mouthwash and other cosmetics such as lipsticks, cream, powders and other make-up tools used to enhance appearance.”
“A study carried out in 1993 by Slovakian researchers raised concerns that Polysorbate 80 might decrease fertility as it is used to deliver certain drugs or chemical agents across the blood-brain barrier.”
“They discovered that Tween 80 can prolong the oestrous cycle, decreased the weight of the uterus and ovaries, and caused damage to the lining of the uterus.”
“Such severe deformities to the ovary can lead to infertility,’’ he said.