Parabens … Is It Bad For You?


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What are parabens?

  • Most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products.
  • Chemically, parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid.
  • Can be found naturally in blueberries.

Why are preservatives used in cosmetics?

  • To protect them against microbial growth, both to protect consumers and to maintain product integrity.
  • To extend the shelf life of just about every packaged beauty product.

What kinds of products contain parabens?

  • Parabens are used in a wide variety of cosmetics, as well as foods and drugs.
  • Cosmetics that may contain parabens include deodorants, antiperspirants, makeup, moisturizers, toothpaste, hair care products, and shaving products, among others.

What are some of the retail names for parabens?

  • Parabens are usually easy to identify by name – just look for a ‘paraben’ attached at the back. Eg. methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben, ethylparaben or isobutylparaben.

Why are parabens controversial?

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