Parabens are chemical preservatives that are generally used in the composition of cosmetics and care products for children, moms or dads alike. They are meant to stabilize the composition of the product and keep the bacteria away from the product. But the latest findings have reported that they have a lot of harmful effects on the health of those who use it!
Here are some essential things you need to know!
Parabens are also a type of preservative from the E range
There are harmful E-mails not only in food, but also in care products that can affect the long-term health of those who use them. So is paraben (E210) or benzoic acid. It is not only used in this form in products. There are also derivatives thereof that have approximately the same effects.
They are approved by the approved bodies
The Food and Drug Administration and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review approved the use of parabens in the cosmetic industry in 1984, claiming that a concentration of less than 25% is harmless to health. They claim that the cosmetic industry uses only 0.01-0.3% of them and that it does not endanger human health.
Over time, other research conducted in the 2000s has successfully identified these substances in breast cancerous tissues, and the controversy has grown. But despite these findings, approved bodies claim that the doses contained in cosmetics are harmless and that they closely monitor all adverse reactions and have everything under control.
Increased risk of cancer due to parabens
Specialists argue that the use of paraben has been associated with a very high risk of cancer, especially breast and prostate. They found traces of methylparaben (a type of paraben) in cancerous breast tissue. It is not known exactly whether it triggered the cancer, but doctors are sure there is a connection between them.
Imitate the role and function of some homons (estrogen)
Parabens have the ability to mimic the function of various hormones, especially estrogen. This effect has a strong impact on the development of children. Their constant use on infants and children has been associated with early puberty in girls (before 8 years old), and in boys with excessive development of testicles and breast tissue (gynecomastia).
May cause allergies or contact dermatitis
The most common side effects of parabens are those on the skin, because it comes in direct contact with the substance. They can appear in adults with contact dermatitis or severe allergies, but the most prone are children, especially babies, who have more sensitive skin.
They have been associated with infertility in men
Constant exposure to parabens can induce infertility in men. In a society where it is increasingly difficult to conceive a child, the use of parabens based cosmetics further aggravates fertility problems. The most affected are men, who have seen a decrease in the amount of semen and the number of sperm as a result of the frequent use of these products.
Common products that contain parabens and how you recognize them on the label
Parabens are often found in products for children such as shampoos, deodorants, hair conditioners, balms, antiperspirants, body lotions, creams and shaving foams, hair foam fixatives. In fact, they are found in almost all cosmetic products that do not have the label of "natural" or "eco". If you want to identify parabens on the label of cosmetics when you buy them, find out that you will not simply find the term parabens.
Preservatives of this type are passed into other forms and are also part of the parabens category. Here are some of the most common: methylparaben; propylparaben; benzylparaben; butylparaben; ethylparaben; isobutilparaben.