Rite Aid today announced that it has expanded its commitment to improving chemical management and product safety. The company also states that it has achieved 98% compliance on its 2016 commitment to remove certain harmful chemicals from Rite Aid private-label products.
Skin lightening creams with mercury. Hair relaxers with parabens and estrogenic chemicals. Douches and vaginal sprays with phthalates.
In the US, beauty products are largely unregulated. Everyone is at risk, but women of color face extra hazards from the products that are marketed to them. And these hazards pile on top of health disparities created by other systemic injustices.
Communities of color most at risk for health effects linked to chemical exposure