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Are PFAS Absorbed Through the Skin?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are found in hundreds of everyday consumer products such as cookware, clothing, cosmetics and firefighting foams, can enter your body if you breathe air, eat food or drink water containing them.
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Can You Absorb PFAS Through Your Skin?

Based on the available scientific data, small amounts of PFAS can enter your body from skin contacting water that has been contaminated with the substances. Additionally, most PFAS do not evaporate into the air from water readily. Therefore, showering, bathing, or washing dishes in water containing PFAS may increase exposure.

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Where Do PFAS Accumulate in the Body?

Recent studies have found that lung tissues typically accumulate the highest concentration of PFAS. However, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have also been found to build up in liver and bone tissue.

How Do I Lower PFAS in My Blood?

Regular blood or plasma donation may reduce PFAS levels in blood serum, according to findings published recently in JAMA Open Network [1].

For the study, investigators in Australia randomly assigned 285 firefighters with a PFOS serum level of 5 ng/mL to donate blood, and plasma or be observed for 12 months. Patients in the plasma group donated every 6 weeks, while patients in the blood group donated every 12 weeks.

At the end of the study period, patients in the plasma group saw a 2.9 ng/mL decrease in the mean PFOS level, while patients in the blood donation group had an average decrease of 1.1 ng/mL; the mean PFOS level was unchanged in the observation group.

How Can I Excrete PFAS?

PFAS is primarily eliminated through the urine, with smaller amounts eliminated in feces and breast milk. The elimination half-life of PFAS compounds (the time it takes for the amount of PFAS in the body to be reduced by 50%) is shorter in females than in males.

Does Sweating Remove PFAS?

Perspiration induced from exercise and other physical activities has not been found to remove any of the common PFAS — PFHxS (perfluorohexane sulfonate), PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), or PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) — from the human body.

Does Everyone’s Blood Have PFAS?

PFAS are dangerous because they don’t break down easily and can stay in the environment and in the human body for a long time (months or even years). Studies have found them worldwide at very low levels in just about everyone’s blood.

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