Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives, and that’s why they are found in so many products. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring.
Colby College’s Clean Makeup website reports that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.
Decreased Sperm Levels:
Parabens can also adversely affect the male reproductive system. In a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, researchers administered parabens to three-week-old rats. After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received. The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.
A small percentage of people from the general population are sensitive to parabens. Parabens can cause contact dermatitis and skin irritations in people with paraben allergies. While they are non-irritating for most people, individuals prone to skin allergies, eczema and rosacea may benefit from using paraben-free products. In an assessment of the safety of parabens, Cosmetic Ingredient Review expert panel concluded that patients with a sensitivity to the ingredient could tolerate the application of paraben containing products on normal skin, but not when applied to broken or sensitized skin.
Types Of Products That Contain Parabens?
- Cosmetics, such as moisturizer, lipstick, foundation, concealer, eye makeup and makeup removers
- Hygienic products, such as soaps, shampoo, “anti-wrinkle” creams, toothpaste, topical ointments, deodorant, sunscreen, bandages and eye drops
- Household or industrial products such as textiles and glues
- Food products such as salad dressing, mayonnaise, mustard, processed vegetables, frozen dairy products, jelly, soft drinks and baked goods
Is it possible to avoid the use of parabens completely? Fortunately, Yes! There are many organic natural products making way into the market. It is recommended to buy these products because they have high concentration of ingredients like Grapeseed Oil, Phytessence Wakame and CynergyTK that can help you look good without compromising
on your health or skin.
Unfortunately, many smaller skin care companies proudly state the fact that they are paraben-free. While this is a great option for them because of the smaller quantity of products they make and sell, most larger skin care companies use parabens to enable you to get your supply of product no matter where you shop.
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