Are Parabens Safe?
See, no one is 100% sure
Parabens occur naturally in certain fruits and spices like blueberries and cinnamon and has almost always been used as a food additive. Many studies indicate that parabens are practically non-toxic. They are go in and out of bodies fairly quickly with minimal skin reactions (that is unless you happen to be allergic)
The problem is that synthetic parabens used in cosmetics display estrogenic activity, this means that they mimic the body´s hormones and can interfere with the body’s hormone system when rubbed into the body and absorbed by the skin. Any Scientist worth their weight in Bunsen burners, will tell you that estrogen stimulates breast cancer. This is a KNOWN MEDICAL FACT.
While no studies have successfully been able to prove that parabens cause cancer, many studies do show that parabens can be detected in roughly 90% of breast cancer tumor samples. It has been associated with the rise of breast cancers because parabens (along with other ingredients) are found in deodorants and the majority of breast cancer tumors are found on the upper sides of the breast. So while there is NO DIRECT LINK between parabens and cancer, it is a cause for concern.
Paraben ingredients are always a mouthful to say (and spell) but they almost always end with the word parabens. A few examples of the most common parabens used in Mascaras, Eyeliners and Lotions are:-
So hope this clears up the your knowledge on parabens. You can check out my previous post on ‘Phenoxyethanol’, which is now used as an alternative to parabens and can be found in many ‘paraben free’ products.
I personally don’t have a problem with parabens as long as it is very low in the product ingredient list, however I will NOT use parabens in deodorants (it’s not worth the risk). How do you feel about using products which contain parabens? Doyou use it moderately or avoid it at all costs?