Parabens have been a source of considerable controversy in the beauty product industry over the last several years. The reason is that while they are often included in formulas as a preservative and to help to prevent the growth of fungi and other types of microbes, they can also be absorbed into the body. This means that parabens can make their way through the layers of the skin and into the digestive system and the blood.
If it was certain that parabens were not having any unwanted effects after being absorbed, that wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, biopsies have detected the presence of parabens in breast tumors at comparable concentrations to those that are seen in some consumer products. Moreover, urine samples from adult American patients are showing detectable levels of parabens.
For this reason, many consumer protection groups and members of the medical and dermatological communities are recommending that these chemicals be avoided whenever possible.
Check your product labels for parabens
Check your product labels for parabens that go under names such as ethylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and butylparaben.
Look to products such as Dermolyte that are made of high quality formulas without parabens and other potentially hazardous chemicals. Make sure that you’re also checking the ingredients in products such as shampoos and conditioners, cleansers for the face and body, scrubs, and even lotions.
The ideal would be to eliminate the use of all products that contain parabens, but if you find that you cannot eliminate them all, try to reduce them by as much as possible and use those that do contain parabens as little as you can.