Parabens: Skin Care Products & Fragrances

23 Sep

What are Parabens and Where are they Found?

Parabens are found in most cosmetic products - Modèles with permission

Approximately 75 to 90 percent of standard cosmetics contain parabens; a commonly used preservative in personal care products. David Suzuki reports that parabens easily penetrate the skin and have been linked to breast cancer. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has parabens listed as a category 1 substances and says they are endocrine disruptors.

Parabens are also known as: Methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, polyparaben and isobutylparaben.

Parabens Used in Facial Moisturizing Cream

While the Mayo Clinic recommends using a facial moisturizer to keep the skin soft and smooth, some people with sensitive skin may not be able to use standard facial moisturizers. Read more…..


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2 responses to “Parabens: Skin Care Products & Fragrances

  1. Dene Godfrey

    May 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I am afraid that some of your comments about parabens are inaccurate. They have NOT been linked to breast cancer in ANY scientific study. Any claimed link (such as that suggested by the Suzuki Foundation) is pure speculation and should be treated accordingly. Check out any breast cancer RESEARCH web site (not non-research-based sites – they don’t have the science) and you will find statements specifying that there is no proven link.

    The EU list classifies parabens in category II, not category I, and this does not mean that they are proven endocrine disruptors – there is no evidence.

    There is no such substance as polyparaben, so I don’t understand why it is in your list.


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