How racialized beauty norms motivate the use of toxic beauty products among women of color

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DOI: 10.1089/env.2022.0053A new study sheds light on racialized beauty norms that motivate the use of chemical hair straighteners and skin lighteners linked to poor health outcomes. Historically, chemical straighteners and skin lighteners are disproportionately used by women of color, as a result of racialized beauty norms that prioritize straight hair and light skin. Chemical straightenersForty-four percent of female respondents reported ever using chemical straighteners and 34 percent of femme-identifying respondents reported ever using them. Current use of products was lower at 15 percent and 13 percent for female and femme-identifying respondents, respectively. Skin lightenersTwenty-five percent of female respondents reported ever using skin lighteners and 22 percent of femme-identifying respondents reported ever using them.
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