Paraben Free Skin Care

February 5th, 2009

By C.A. Vargas

Paraben is a bad word among organic beauty experts but the cosmetic and skin care industry have been using them since the 1920s. Even today some of the most popular cosmetic and skin care companies still use parabens as a chief ingredient in their beauty and skin care products.

Parabens are chemicals that extend the shelf life of a cosmetic or skin care product. What has become irrefutable is that parabens are carcinogenic. Some studies have actually shown a link between parabens and breast cancer.

It is commonly known now that parbens mimic the hormone estrogen. Estrogen is a major factor in the development of breast cancer. Yet cosmetic and skin care companies still use parbens as a preservative that get absorbed through the skin. Too much estrogen in the body can cause weight gain, water retention and mood swings minimally.

Cosmetics and skincare companies that still use parabens justify their use by saying they stick with a “safe” amount or dosage for daily usage. Its just like tobacco companies saying that cigarettes are safe in small quantities!

Yet the logic of big tobacco is what is being used by these reprehensible companies that turn a blind eye to evidence and keep an eye on the balance sheet. Whether parabens cause cancer or not I will not say, but I urge the use of organic skin care products!

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  • Sarah

    I came across this article while doing some truly random surfing. I’m by no means an expert in paraben health issues. I barely have any interest in the matter at all! But I can very easily see a lot of flaws and holes in your post anyway.

    The link between parabens and cancer is irrefutible? Not from what I’ve read. If you have peer reviewed articles supporting your position, please post them. That 2004 article you refer to did NOT link parabens to breast cancer. It merely showed the presence of parabens within the tumours without even showing how this differed from healthy tissue. It’s not even showing a correlation! Let alone causation like you seem to interpret.

    Dosage is very important in toxicity. Every day we are exposed to different toxins and carcinogens etc. Our bodies are very efficient at handling these under particular (measurable and estimatable) thresholds. To say that anything something remotely toxic should be removed is overkill if it’s in insignificant doses.

    I for one enjoy a moderate amount of preservatives in my products. It’s better than the alternative (spoilage by bacteria, fungi, oxidation etc).

    I hope my criticisms help you to become a better researcher, critical thinker and writer, rather than causing unintended bitterness.