Many people are erring on the side of caution when it comes to the daily use of parabens including myself. I have told you all that I have made a choice to cut parabens out of my beauty products wherever I can. I have written a small explanation below saying why I made this personal choice for myself.
Parabens are used to make products last longer; their chemical properties make them effective preservatives to keep ingredients lasting longer. These preservatives kill molds and funguses. While the benefits of using Parabens are few, they do dramatically extend the shelf life of many beauty and health care items; they keep products from spoiling on store shelves or going bad in home cabinets or drawers.
According to certain studies, these chemicals (which include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, among others) may harm human health by contributing to the development of cancerous tumours. While there are differing views on this subject from a range of medical researchers, there is little question that these chemicals are found in some cancerous tumor tissue. The links between Parabens and cancer specifically breast cancer is of particular concern to many people. Parabens are most commonly present in items that are marketed to females such as makeup items, cleansers, and shampoos. I would encourage you to research this for yourself and make an informed decision about wether you want to use paraben free products.
There are many alternatives available at the pharmacy and if anyone is wanting to discuss the options please pop in and see us.