Parabens are a group of chemicals that are used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry as a preservative. They can be very effective in certain types of products. The paraben salts and the paraben compounds are used mostly for the fungicidal and bactericidal properties. You will find the parabens can be commonly found in shampoos, shaving gels, moisturizers, spray tanning solutions, toothpaste and make-up. They can also be used as food additives.
In the body parabens can mime hormones disrupting the endocrine system. A high life long exposure can increase the risk of breast cancer. The body does not break down synthetic estrogen very well which may cause it to build up in the fat cells which include breast tissue. Parabens have also been known to cause a decrease in sperm levels.
Our practice urges men and women alike to choose their skin care products wisely. They suggest that you know the names of all parabens so it is easier for you to avoid them. Stay away from all products that contain parabens and choose your products that are naturally made from plant extracts. Read all of the labels on the products that you buy to insure the products you choose are paraben free.
Your best weapon for avoiding unwanted parabens is knowledge. Know what products you are buying and their ingredients. Book an appointment with your favorite dermatologist a tour practice to find out what specific products are best for you and your skin needs.