Parabens have traditionally been used as conservatives in many products for skin or hair, due to their broad spectra of efficacy against micro-organisms that can contaminate skincare products, and their rather good skin tolerance.
Examples of parabens include: 1-METHYLETHYL-4-HYDROXYBENZOATE, 4-CARBOXYPHENOL, 4-HYDROXY-PHENYL ESTER, 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, CALCIUM SALT, ETHYLPARABEN , METHYLPARABEN, PHENOXYTHYLPARABEN...
Some concerns appeared in the 2000’s regarding the potential effects of parabens as endocrin disruptors (i.e. their ability to impair natural hormonal activities).
While some parabens have been demonstrated to not disrupt common hormonal activity, some questions are still not answered for the long-chain parabens, leading the European Union to forbid them in cosmetic products.
As a general rule, it is therefore a good idea to avoid parabens in skincare, cosmetic and other personal care products.
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