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Have you read the word “Paraben Free” in a product description?
It gives you the feeling that it is something bad for your face, right? It is increasingly common to find this description in skincare products and although it is a fairly good preservative, it has gained a bad reputation, why? It is because it is attributed various accusations such as disrupting the endocrine system or being carcinogenic.
According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society, it was declared “non-allergic ingredient of the year”, so I was very intrigued to know then why they define it as a bad thing.
Let’s see how we can find it on labels:
Although it has many other names, these are the most common used on product labels.
What are the benefits of parabens in products? They are antimicrobial, that is, they prevent the contamination of products by microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. Using a product that is contaminated can cause skin problems such as dermatitis or other types of infections. Parabens are inexpensive, they do not contain odor or taste, and they do not alter the properties of the products.
So why the bad name?
They earned this fame because it is related to modifying and intoxicating the endocrine system (glands and hormones). Specifically, they are accused of altering the levels of estrogens and androgens (male and female sex hormones), which would also have an effect on fertility.
This has been alarming, since there are many products that are for children that contain this type of parabens, the most indicated as “bad” or “harmful” is PROPYLPARABEN BUTYLPARABEN.
Let’s see some questions that consumers ask more …
Are parabens toxic?
Are parabens applied to the skin absorbed into the bloodstream?
Are parabens allergenic?
Do parabens cause endocrine disruption and alter hormones?
Do parabens affect fertility?
Are parabens teratogenic?
Are parabens carcinogenic?
Do parabens bring ecological problems?
Do parabens alter the microbiota?
Do parabens have an anti-aging effect on the skin?
How difficult it is to draw conclusions, right? There are many doubts and very little clarification. My advice is that you stay away from parabens until there are more in-depth studies and many of the doubts that are had about them, have clear answers and not half.