Paraben Peril: Are They the Hidden Danger in Your Shampoo, Soap and Cosmetics that Many People Claim?

propyl paraben dangers – Parabens are not new on the beauty scene, nor is the controversy surrounding them. However, while there has been a great deal of hype on both sides of the issue, the real problem, as we see it, is that there is not enough information assembled in one place to enable everyday makeup, shampoo and moisturizer users to make an educated decision for themselves.

The information presented in this report has been gleaned from multiple, cited sources. You can easily verify this information by reading the original source material yourself. The goal of this report is not to scare you out of your shower – literally – by showing you a monster in your shampoo bottle, but we do believe that it is important that you are aware of any potential health ramifications that might be associated with the use of that shampoo (or moisturizer, makeup or body cream), should there be any.

* What are parabens? – According to the FDA, parabens are “the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products.” They are used in a variety of forms called “esters,” which are molecular compounds that are formed when an alcohol and an acid interact and water is removed. While this may sound disconcerting, it just means that parabens are molecules that have a special formation and do not contain water. This special formation enables them to protect substances that contain them from bacterial invasions. As you can see, this makes parabens highly appealing as preservatives in cosmetics and beauty products since many of the ingredients in these products are organic. Parabens help prevent your products from literally “going bad” in the same way that food might go bad if you left it out on the counter for an extended period of time.

Also according to the FDA, you may find parabens under the following names: methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Check out your own hair and beauty products. You will likely find these listed in most of the ingredients.

* What are the concerns about parabens? – Now that you know what parabens are, you may be wondering what the problem is. After all, not smearing rotting wrinkle cream all over your face sounds like a good thing. And it is. However, the concern is not with parabens’ preservative properties, but rather with the results that absorption of parabens can have on your internal system.

This raises several issues…to read the rest of this report, access