Are Lipstick Chemicals Changing Your Cup Size?

In less than a decade, the average bra size in Britain has increased from a 34B to a 36C. A quarter of all bras sold are a D cup or above, which is double the number sold three years ago, and the range of standard bra sizes now end at K instead of G.

There are a number of reasons for the increase, including obesity and environmental factors. One possible cause is the increased presence of xeno-estrogens, chemicals which mimic the effect of estrogen and are fat-soluble, which means they store themselves in your body. Xeno-estrogens are found in many places, including cosmetics such as lipstick.

The female breast contains cells called estrogen receptors which are stimulated by the presence of estrogen (or xeno-estrogens) into producing more mammary tissue. It is possible that stimulating these cells artificially after menopause, when natural estrogen levels drop, could contribute to breast cancer.

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Source: Daily Mail January 21, 2008

Do you think that chemicals in lipstick could really be that harmful?

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  • Amethyst

    I don’t really believe lipstick is responsible. I think a lot of women these days are just getting breast implants (blame the media, celebrity copy cats, etc.) of which is one of the main reasons. ( My reason is plain ole weight gain ! LOL) – I walk down the street and it’s easy to tell which women have gotten breast implants. Its that obvious.