What are parabens?

The cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries have widely used parabens as a preservative for their products. They are organic compound (ester) of  p-hydroxybenzoic acid. There are three types of parabens in cosmetics products that are widely used: methylparaben (methyl paraben), propylparaben, and butylparaben.

Why are parabens used?

Because of their preservative properties, they are typically utilized to protect individuals from any parabensmicrobial growth but also to maintain product integrity and shelf life.

Parabens are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste.

However, they have also been used as food additives.

Health risks and paraben dangers:

Why are parabens bad?

Parabens enter the human body either through contact with the epidermis (skin) or via the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Recent studies have linked parabens and cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. This could be because they have an inherent toxicity to cells because of their ability to kill off bacteria in water based solutions.

Consult your physician, skincare specialist, or dermatologist with product related questions.

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