June 11, 2014

Love it/Leave it: Parabens

image source: madame noire
 I've noticed a spike in "paraben free" labels on products in the last couple of years. Which is too be expected because parabens, a type of preservative, have come under fire in the last ten years because they have been found in breast cancer tumors and the fact they can slightly mimic estrogen, which has connections to breast cancer and early development in young girls.

When I went digging for more information on them and their safety, I couldn't find anything definitive. P. Darbre, the researcher who lead the 2004 study that lead to the cancer conclusion, released a statement saying “No claim was made that the presence of parabens had caused the breast cancers” (1) in response to the reaction to his study.  The global science community (scroll down a bit) seems to have similar feelings--they've been declared safe by a host of organizations around the world.

That being said, the EU banned five parabens in cosmetics products this year. I couldn't find exactly what makes these five so special/dangerous, but I'm very curious to see how this will effect future research, the scientific community's perception of them, and their prevalence in cosmetics.

Are you anti-paraben? Don't mind 'em? Why? Tell me in the comments!

2 comments:

  1. I'm definitely anti-paraben. I run ingredients through http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ and if there is notation of cancer in any way I'm not for it. There are actually a couple parabens that get low scores there, the main culprit in toxicity is the iso parabens and PROPYLPARABEN

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  2. Great find! I looked up the five banned and two of them showed up in the high toxicity (but with limited research). Wonder if that has something to do with why they're so special.

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