The word has become a buzz word in the skincare circle for sometime now. To the consumer it is still riddled with questions. So what is paraben? And should you be worried?
Parabens are chemical preservatives and have been widely used in products to prevent bacteria growth since the 1950s. About 85 percent of cosmetics contain them – the most common are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Over the last few years, however, in response to customer concerns, many brands have started to manufacture paraben-free skin care and beauty products. Parabens that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
While there’s reason to be mindful, but no reason to have an all-consuming concern about these chemicals. However, it doe helps you rest easy. So opt to using a paraben-free product. Today, there are a number of formulas available from paraben-free brands.
Want to know what products contains parabens?
Here are some steps to take:
- Read the label for the following ingredients such as: methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, or butylparaben
- Find out which company makes the product you use. See if it has an ingredient list available on the product itself or on its web site. If a company is not forthcoming with the information you seek, you may want to purchase your products from another company.