Are Parabens in Your Products Dangerous?

Approximately 85% of Health and Beauty Products Contain Parabens

If you're like us, you are seeing the common trend in health and beauty products stating that they are paraben free. Most consumers assume this is a good thing and that parabens are bad, why else would these huge companies be stating that they are no longer using them. Right? While this is true, most people don't actually know what parabens are or why they're bad for them.

What Are Parabens and Why Are They Bad for You?

Parabens are common preservatives used in up to 90% of typical grocery items and approximately 85% percent of health and beauty products according to the American Chemical Society.

You will find them in food, drinks, lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, makeup, packaging, drugs, and are commonly listed under methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-, and benzylparaben.

Parabens are potentially dangerous because of their chemical structure and their similarity to estrogens, which are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.

While parabens have not been directly linked to the increase in breast cancer and reproductive issues, they have been shown to increase the growth of existing breast cancer cells and to mimic estrogens in the body.

Our Takeaway...

As stated previously, parabens have not been linked to causing some major health related issues, but have been shown to intensify existing conditions. Eliminating them from our daily lives seems to be a trending theme, which is being reflected in marketplaces across the board.

Are you looking to remove parabens from your daily life?

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