Is eye cosmetic a source of lead poisoning?

  title={Is eye cosmetic a source of lead poisoning?},
  author={Amiran Nir and Ada Tamir and Nathanel Zelnik and Theodore C. Iancu},
  journal={Israel journal of medical sciences},
  volume={28 7},
Kohl is a lead-containing eye cosmetic applied to many infants in Israel and in other countries in the Middle East. Seven samples of kohl used in our region contained 17.3%-79.5% lead. We assessed 24 kohl users and 30 non-kohl users, aged 6-16 months, for blood lead, zinc protoporphyrin, hemoglobin, mean corpuscular volume (MCV), serum iron and calcium. Blood lead levels were significantly higher in the infants to whom kohl was applied (11.2 vs. 4.3 micrograms/dl, P less than 0.001) and were… CONTINUE READING