What Are Parabens & Why Are They Harmful?

With everyone becoming more conscious about the products they use, people are also evidently making efforts to scan and identify what exactly does each ingredient added in their product means. They all want to be aware of being vegan, understand what cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free means. While we talk about these buzzwords, we must understand each of its meaning, and today, we are going to be talking about parabens.

So, what exactly are parabens?

Parabens are a type of preservatives that are added to personal care products to prolong the shelf life. The presence of parabens helps to prevent the growth of bacteria in the product. Some of the most common parabens used in the products are: Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, and Ethylparaben.

You can easily find these preservatives in shampoos, shower gels, face wash, face creams, and face serums. Although these preservatives have been around for years now, very recent, the question of their safety was brought into the picture. A study was conducted on 20 patients that revealed that parabens mimic estrogen and traces of this preservative were found in the breast cancer tissue. 

Why are parabens considered harmful?

Researchers have claimed that parabens can very easily get absorbed by your skin and stay in your tissues and fluids. Also, as mentioned earlier, the parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen and preservatives such as, butylparaben and propylparaben have a high estrogenic activity which could lead to breast cancer. There also have been studies that have revealed that ethylparaben (that’s mostly used as an antifungal agent) can also cause Contact Dermatitis (a red, itchy rash caused through direct contact with substances like fragrance, soaps, cosmetics).

Can you get away from these preservatives?

Of course, yes! There are paraben-free products everywhere. Whenever you plan to buy any new skincare or haircare product, look at its ingredient label. You’ll very easily spot the preservatives present. For skincare, you could always look for ingredients that are not just good for the skin but also have preserving properties such as, Salicylic Acid or Sorbic Acid. 

Also, since you’ve made a good choice of sticking to products with no preservatives – make sure to always check the expiry. Products with no preservatives won’t last you long and can expire soon. 

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