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Cosmetics usage habits and effect on health-seeking behavior among Jordanian women
by Dr. Maha, 13 Oct 2020

Background: Cosmetics are products proposed to be applied to the human body to beautify and modify the body's structure and functions. However, use of cosmetics could be linked with adverse reactions such as local and/or systemic reactions, and more severe complications. Cosmetics are composed of a mixture of chemicals and natural compounds, and most adverse effects occurred due to sharing the same products and using the makeup after the expiry date. This behavior tends to increase the adverse effects of cosmetic products due to pathogenic infections. Methods: Volunteers of women of all ages (n=410) have completed a questionnaire composed of 34 questions (regarding women's awareness about the adverse effects resulting from the use of expired and second-hand cosmetic products). The forms have been distributed online (using Google form) among all participants. Results: Lack of awareness and knowledge were found to be the main factors that could affect women's perception which plays a critical role in using expired cosmetic preparations and had negative impact on health behavior. We have shown that awareness, reference groups, experience, and information produced a statistically significant effect on the perception. In addition, knowledge didn't have a statistically significant effect. Regarding utilizing the second-hand used cosmetics products, 84% of women agreed that they have used these that belonged to another person; 56% agreed that they previously used expired cosmetics. Conclusion: There is a need to educate women about the possible risks of expired or previously used cosmetics by formal channels, internet websites, social media, and radio.

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