Personal Care Products and Human Health

Personal Care Products and Human Health

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editor: Philippa Darbre
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323996846

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Personal Care Products and Human Health provides background, historical context and the latest research results on personal care products (PCPs) and their impact on human health and the environment. Sections provide an overview of the functions and mechanisms of action of components of personal care products, discuss environmental toxicology, outline the problems of contamination of water systems from increasing use of personal care products and the resulting toxicities to aquatic wildlife, and offer chapters written by specialists on different aspects of concern for the effects of excessive personal care product usage on human health. This is a comprehensive reference for toxicologists, environment scientists and those interested in learning about the science behind personal care products and current concerns for environmental and human health.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the mechanisms of action of components used in personal care products
  • Reviews environmental contamination arising from increasing use of personal care products
  • Examines concerns for human health arising from increasing use of personal care products


Toxicologists, Environment Scientists, and those interested in learning about the science behind personal care products and current evidence justifying concerns for environmental and human health, Advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in the life sciences and medical disciplines, regulators, non-government organizations (NGOs), poison control centers, and industry professionals

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 Introduction to the Constituents of PCPs And Their Functions
    1: Introduction to PCPs
    2. Overview of Constituent Compounds in PCPs
    3. Essential Oils
    4. Musk Fragrance
    5. Nanomaterials in PCPs
    6. Cosmeceuticals
    7. Plant-Based Skincare Products

    Section 2 Environmental Concerns
    8. Environmental Contamination of Freshwater Resources
    9. Toxicity in The Aquatic Environment

    Section 3 Human Health Concerns
    10. Human Exposure to Components of PCPs
    11. Human Exposure and Uptake into Human Tissues
    12. Chemical Uptake into Human Tissues from PCP Use
    13. Allergic Contact Dermatitis
    14. Asthma and Allergic Diseases
    15. Endocrine Disruption
    16. Developmental Effects from Early Life Exposure
    17. Environmental Carcinogenesis
    18. Development of Cancer
    19. Aluminium-Based Antiperspirant and Breast Diseases

    Section 4 Regulatory Considerations
    20. Removal of Rinse-Off PCPs From Water Systems
    21. Regulatory Needs and Public Education

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323996846

About the Editor

Philippa Darbre

Philippa Darbre
Professor Philippa Darbre is Professor Emeritus in Oncology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading in the UK. She is an academic scientist who has been carrying out research into estrogen action in breast cancer for over 40 years and has been investigating the role of estrogen-mimicking chemicals since before the term “endocrine disruption” came into being in the early 1990s. She trained as a biochemist and holds the degrees of BScHons from the University of Birmingham, UK (1973) and PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK (1977). Her postdoctoral research began at the Molecular Medicine Institute at the University of Oxford where she held the first Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship of the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Hugh’s College. In 1981, she moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratories in central London (now Cancer Research UK) where she became Head of the Cellular Endocrinology Laboratory. In 1991, she moved to the University of Reading and retired to Emeritus status in 2017. From retirement, she continues research into the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals in breast cancer together with some teaching of undergraduates in endocrinology and cancer. She continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, is patron of the charity “Canceractive” and is a member of the science panel of the charity, BreastCancer UK. She has written two books on molecular biology methods, has guest-edited a previous journal volume on endocrine disrupters, has published 150 peer-reviewed research papers, and served as founding editor of the first edition of the book, Endocrine Disruption and Human Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Oncology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, UK

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