Like dust mites, parabens ARE in fact in the majority of the products we use on our bodies. It is actually very difficult these days to find a product that does NOT have parabens included into the ingredient list, because they are a cheap form of preservatives.
The big controversy is how parabens can mimic estrogen, which plays a roll in the formation of breast cancer. Here’s something I found on Wiki that freaked me out. Heads up, there’s some medical mumbo jumbo ahead but the meaning is staring right at you:
The lead researcher of the UK study, molecular biologist Philippa Darbre, reported that the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the [breast] tumors indicate that they came from something applied to the skin, such as an underarm deodorant, cream or body spray, and stated that the results helped to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumors are found in just one-fifth of the breast – the upper-outer quadrant, nearest the underarm. “From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumors, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases. Given that breast cancer is a large killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants, I think we should be carrying out properly funded, further investigations into parabens and where they are found in the body,” says Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research.
A bit eye opening? The entire post is here. We need to educate ourselves. Just because the mainstream cosmetic industry feels parabens are safe, we really don’t know the long term effects of them. I am going to be mindful of the products I use, and that they don’t contain parabens. I really don’t want to be the mainstream cosmetic industry’s lab rat.
It is not difficult to find paraben free product. Put Paraben Free Skin Care into the Amazon search engine and you will see 949 results from your search. Search using Paraben Free Cosmetics and you will have 221 results come back. Yes, it takes a bit more work, but to be healthy, its worth it.
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