A documentary sheds light on the link between mesothelioma and cosmetic products


Posted on April 19, 2022

Despite the best efforts of asbestos awareness advocates, malignant mesothelioma has remained relatively unknown to the general public. But that could change now that the disease has been introduced in HBO Max’s multi-part documentary, “Not So Pretty.”

The episode “Not So Pretty” reveals a link between talc, cosmetics and mesothelioma

“Not So Pretty” is an investigative expose on the beauty industry, and its first episode, “Makeup,” was about asbestos in talc products and featured victims of malignant mesothelioma. The episode mentioned both Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder product and makeup kits sold by mall retailer Claire’s.

The episode included a profile of makeup enthusiast Corrin Ortillo, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of using products she said contained asbestos-contaminated talc. Thomas McHattie, a 78-year-old former obstetrician-gynecologist, was also diagnosed with the rare and deadly form of cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, and is one of thousands who have sued action against the corporate giant. .

Documentary Details Asbestos Claims in Cosmetics

As well as featuring people who attribute their mesothelioma to years of using cosmetic products they believe were contaminated with asbestos, the documentary provides details of Johnson & Johnson’s 1971 experiments which involved injecting the toxic material in the lower backs of Pennsylvania inmates. He also mentions accusations that the company specifically marketed its product to black communities who had less access to medical care.

Faced with tens of thousands of lawsuits from consumers with mesothelioma and ovarian cancer accusing the company of negligence, Johnson & Johnson’s has stopped selling its baby powder product in the United States. Although consumers may not have been aware of the reasons for the disappearance of this particular product, “Not So Pretty” will make it clear and warn them to start paying closer attention to the list of ingredients in cosmetic products than ‘they use.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, your first step on the road to justice is to find the right help. Contact Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today at 1-800-692-8608 to learn more about the resources we can provide.

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Written by Terri Oppenheimer

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Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the editor of our news blog Mesothelioma.net. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge equals power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and the stories of victims.

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