Parabens are used as preservatives in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, but the health dangers linked to them have led people to clamour for paraben-free skin care products. They are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid; they could be listed as methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl, isobutyl, isopropyl, and benzyl parabens. It is important to note that all the ones used commercially are produces synthetically.

Danger Alert

Research shows that these chemical preservatives have been found in the tumours, indicating that they must have been from some cosmetics products applied to the skin such as creams, deodorants, or body sprays.


They have also been found to cause skin irritation, contact itis and Rosacea; they generally dry out the skin.

Breast Cancer

Another reason why you should use paraben-free skin care products is because scientific study have shown that these chemicals were found in samples of breast tumors. Although the validity of this research has not been confirmed; it has led to a lot of debate as to whether parabens are safe for human use or not. It has also led to the belief that when you use cosmetics(deodorants and creams) that contain these preservatives; they could be absorbed into your body through the skin thereby contributing to the development of tumors. This fear became worse when UK scientists found high concentrations of these substances in 18 out of 20 breast tumours they analyzed.

Estrogenic Activity

These chemical preservatives also mimic estrogenic activity which helps to support the notion that they contribute to the development of tumours.; This is because some estrogen promote the growth of tumours. this means that when you rub any cream or use under arm deodorant that contains parabens; they can be absorbed into your body and interfere with your body’s endocrine system such as your ovaries, thyroid, hypothalamus and basically every system in your body.

Whether these studies have been validated or not; if you were like me, you wouldn’t want to gamble with your health. I would rather play safe and avoid any product that contain these chemicals and go for paraben-free skin care products.

There are a few such brands on the market and one brand I have found that is quite effective is made by a company in New Zealand; the products are sold on the internet and shipped world wide. The good thing about these products is the fact that not only are they free of parabens; all the ingredients used in them are also natural.

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