What?! Nail Polish Can Make You Gain Weight?!

For most women, nail polish and nail designs are the ultimate accessory. We use nail polish to express our vibe or to spruce up our outfit. But could some of our favorite polishes be causing us to gain weight?!

A new study from Duke University thinks so.

The study shows many polishes contain a toxic chemical that can throw your hormones out of whack, causing weight to fluctuate as a side effect.

The toxic chemical is triphenoyl phosphate, otherwise known as TPHP, which is used to make lacquers more durable and flexible. TPHP has been found to be an endocrine disruptor, meaning it makes or hormones go out of sync and can even cause reproductive problems in some cases. Scientists tested 3, 000 nail polishes for this study, and 49 percent had TPHP.

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TPHP levels are higher in women than men due to women using more chemical-laced cosmetic products. The study also confirmed every single one of its 26 participants had elevated levels of TPHP—up to seven times the norm, to be exact—10 to 14 hours after painting their nails with a polish that contained 1% of the chemical.

To combat this problem, it’s best to do your research and find polishes that do not contain TPHP. A brand you may have heard of, Butter London, is TPHP-free.

Also, researchers have found when applying TPHP polish on synthetic nails while wearing gloves, the participant’s levels weren’t raised at all.

Does this information affect the nail polish you’ll buy in the future?

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.

  • Vivian B. Valenty

    Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquers and the entire line of Dazzle Dry products are and have always been TPHP-free!