Parabens are, in my opinion, one of the most deadly skin care ingredients
You might see some type of paraben in your cosmetic products (makeup, soap, lotions, shampoos/conditioners, deodorant, face scrubs, etc.). Other names for parabens include: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, DBP, DEP, BBzP or DEHP, and phthalates.
Parabens are used for:
- Antimicrobial agents
Parabens are linked to:
- An article by safecosmetics.org states that a “2004 UK study detected traces of five parabens in the breast cancer tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied.” This means that the parabens are able to penetrate the skin and remain lodged within skin tissue, while causing molecular changes (AKA tumors) (http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291)
- In addition, parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system, thus causing irregularities which can be linked to cancer.
- In studies with rats, exposure to parabens has been linked to lowered sperm count (http://www.livestrong.com/article/150690-what-are-the-dangers-of-parabens-in-skin-care/)
- As mentioned before, parabens mimic hormones. As they mimic hormones, they travel through the bloodstream and impact the body’s endocrine system which is responsible for reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Since children are exposed to parabens at such a young age, these chemicals sit in the skin and wait for the first signs of puberty, causing it to happen much more quickly. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/150690-what-are-the-dangers-of-parabens-in-skin-care/)
If that doesn’t convince you, try these articles:
Parabens in your cosmetics: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/04/new-study-finds-major-toxins-in-many-cosmetics.aspx
Parabens in your bathroom: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2006/04/04/the-toxic-parabens-hiding-in-your-bathroom-products.aspx
To develop a greater understanding of parabens: http://www.ewg.org/news/much-more-skin-deep