Parabens are a family of synthetic chemicals used in cosmetics and beauty products as preservatives for a longer shelf-life. They prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold but come with a cost to our health.
Parabens can be found everywhere in the beauty industry. According to the American Chemical Society, parabens are found in 85% of health, beauty, and personal care products.
You can find them in personal care and household products like makeup, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, skincare, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorant, and more. Parabens can also be found in supplements, vitamins, and prescription medications. The most commonly used parabens are:
The longer-chain parabens, propyl- and butyl-, are linked to stronger estrogenic activity.
The primary concern with parabens is that they are endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They have weak estrogen properties that can act like estrogen in the body. The problem is that research has linked this effect to decreased fertility and damage to reproductive development in animal studies.
Parabens are also easily absorbed quickly and easily into intact skin. Because they are easily absorbed and prevalent in so many daily products, they can quickly build up in our systems and cause harm over time. These harmful chemicals have been detected in infants, older children, and adults. Studies have detected parabens in nearly all urine samples taken from adults in the U.S. Exposure begins early and is continuous throughout life and bioaccumulates in the body and fat.
The FDA takes the stance that there is no conclusive evidence against parabens. The FDA allows single or multiple parabens to be added to food or food packaging as antimicrobials to prevent food spoilage. However, due to the adverse effects of parabens on the body, other countries are much stricter with their use. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has found evidence of paraben endocrine disruption, especially in babies. The European Union has banned isopropyl- and isobutylparaben. And ASEAN, a group of ten Southeast Asian Countries, has banned five parabens.
My favorite resources to help to limit parabens:
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