Parabens: Friend or Foe?
Parabens are preservatives. They are a family of chemical compounds such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.
They keep ‘stuff’ from going bad
Makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, toothpaste and even food
About 85% of all cosmetic products have them
Parabens effectively prevent bacterial growth increasing the shelf life of a product.
They have been used since 1950’s – they are cheap and they work
Truth – Skin damage
Parabens may react with the UVB rays, damaging DNA and casing skin to age prematurely
Myth - Breast cancer
Although, there has been some ‘hype’ around the subject, there is no conclusive evidence to say that parabens may cause breast cancer
Truth - Allergies
Although, in general, parabens are safe when it comes to allergic reactions, in sensitive individuals they may cause skin irritation, producing rash
It is true that to this day, we do not know everything about parabens – they are neither evil, nor a saint. If you want to stay on the safe side, start and finish your day with a paraben-free cream, like YOUNOM, but don’t forget about the ‘use by date!)