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Parabens in your cosmetic , Good or Bad ?

Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics. 

Preservatives may be used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold, in order to protect both the products and consumers.

Parabens are highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi, bacteria and yeast that can cause products to spoil. Thus, they contribute directly to the quality of the products by extending their shelf life, making them safe for the families who use them.

Most of the available paraben toxicity data are from single-exposure studies, meaning one type of paraben in one type of product. According to paraben research this is relatively safe, posing only a negligible risk to the endocrine system.

Among people with contact dermatitis or eczema, less than 3% of patients were found to have a sensitivity to parabens. At least one case has been reported of an allergic reaction to parabens. 

The American Cancer Society mentioned a 2004 study that found parabens in the breast tissue of mastectomy patients but did not find parabens to be a cause of the cancers.

Animal experiments have shown that parabens have weak estrogenic activity, acting as xenoestrogens. (Estrogen, or oestrogen, is the primary Assigned Female At birth's sex hormone. It is responsible for the development and regulation of the Female Assigned reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.)

I am trying to summarized the most worrying ways that parabens can harm your health

1.         Parabens can disrupt your hormones

2          Parabens can irritate your skin , and trigger skin problems such as contact dermatitis,
            rosacea, and eczema.

3.         Parabens in cosmetics can increase your risk of developing breast cancer and also
            increase the risk of it spreading.

4.         Parabens can harm the development of your baby.

5.         Parabens can reduce fertility

6.         reduce sperm count in men
 

Spot Parabens in Cosmetics

Here’s a list of parabens to avoid so you can quickly check the ingredients list of products and make sure they don’t contain parabens:

•           4-(Methoxycarbonyl)phenol

•           4-hydroxy-

•           4-Hydroxybenzoic acid

•           4-Hydroxybenzoic acid methyl ester

•           Aseptoform E

•           Benzoic acid

•           benzylparaben

•           Bonomold OE

•           Butoben

•           Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

•           butyl ester

•           butylparaben (E209)

•           Easeptol

•           Ethyl 4-Hydroxybenzoate

•           ethyl ester

•           ethyl parasept

•           Ethylparaben

•           ethylparaben (E214)

•           heptylparaben (E209)

•           isobutylparaben

•           isopropylparaben

•           Maseptol

•           Metaben

•           Methaben

•           Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

•           Methyl butex

•           Methyl chemosept

•           methyl ester

•           Methyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid

•           Methyl paraben

•           Methyl parahydroxybenzoate

•           Methyl parasept

•           Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate

•           Methyl p-oxybenzoate

•           Methylben

•           Methylparaben

•           methylparaben (E218)

•           Metoxyde

•           Moldex

•           Nipagin

•           Nipagin M

•           Paridol

•           p-Carbomethoxyphenol

•           p-hydroxy-

•           p-Hydroxybenzoic acid methyl ester

•           p-Methoxycarbonylphenol

•           Preserval

•           Preserval M

•           Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

•           propyl ester

•           Propyl paraben

•           Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate

•           propylparaben (E216)

•           Septos

•           Solbrol

•           Solbrol M

•           Tegosept E

•           Tegosept M

Please don’t expose yourself to harmful parabens. Try to use Paraben free cosmetics. 

-- Kavin, The Pharmacist 

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