alexa Determination of Toxic Contents and Metals in Different Cosmetic Products in the Arabian Market
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Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology
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Research Article

Determination of Toxic Contents and Metals in Different Cosmetic Products in the Arabian Market

Sahar Younes Ibrahim Issa1*, Rania Abdel Maguid1 and Maha K AlMazroua2

1Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt

2Regional Poison Control Center, MOH, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Corresponding Author:
Sahar Younes 
             Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology,
             Faculty of Medicine, 
             Alexandria University, Egypt
             Tel: 00966550748326
E-mail: [email protected]

Received February 29, 2016; Accepted May 27, 2016; Published May 31, 2016

Citation: Issa SYI, Maguid RA, AlMazroua MK (2016) Determination of Toxic Contents and Metals in Different Cosmetic Products in the Arabian Market. J Environ Anal Toxicol 6:376. doi:10.4172/2161-0525.1000376

Copyright: © 2016 Issa SYI, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Cosmetics use is very popular in our all over the world and in some parts of Arabian countries, some of the cosmetics as Kohl is part of their culture and traditions, and is used since very young ages. This makes detection of heavy metal content in cosmetics marketed in Egypt and other Arabian markets of crucial importance. Objective: To evaluate the levels of heavy metals content among different cosmetic products in the Arabian market. Methods: Different brands of; anti-freckle creams, eye shadows, eyeliners, facial powders, foundation, henna and lipsticks were purchased from open markets in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Sample preparation and analysis was conducted, to estimate levels of twelve different metals (Pb, As, Cd, Ag, Ba, Al, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). Results: The mean concentration of some studied metals as Aluminium, lead, arsenic, copper and nickel were higher than permissible levels for cosmetics in some of the studied samples. Para- Phenylenediamine (PPD) was detected in all the studied 7 Henna samples. Conclusion: In conclusion, cosmetic contamination with metals above permissible levels is very common in most of the products available in the developing world and Arabian markets. Physicians and users must be aware of the probable toxicity of these elements and of the clinical signs of systemic poisoning. Considering popular use of cosmetics by different age groups, the hazardous cumulative effects of prolonged exposure to low concentrations of metals like; Aluminium, lead, Arsenic, nickel and copper especially in children, cannot be ruled out. Further studies are recommended in addition, cosmetic market control and legislation procedures should be thoroughly implemented.


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