Guest Post by Contributing Author: Jasmine Bass
So, What Are Parabens?
Parabens Have Cause for Concern
- Endocrine System
- Immune System
- Fetal Developmental Disorders
- Reproductive Disorders
- Premature Aging
- Estrogen Dominance (in both males and females)
- Breast Cancer
- And more…
Ironically, while several of the commercial products that contain parabens are beauty products that are supposed to enhance the skin, such as lotions and moisturizers, research has found they accelerate the skin aging process. As reported by live-naturally.co.uk, researchers from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan found that the methyl type of parabens increases sensitivity to and damage from the sun; that is, when exposed to ultraviolet rays, skin cells die at a much faster rate than normal. Therefore, one should read the ingredients to check for methylparabens before buying beauty products for the skin. – LiveStrong.com
One recent Danish study… raised concerns. It showed that parabens could be detected in the blood and urine of healthy young male volunteers a few hours after paraben-containing lotions were applied to their skin. The authors concluded that since the chemicals could be absorbed, metabolized and excreted, they “could potentially contribute to adverse health effects.” – Best Health Magazine
A BBC News story from 2004 states that researchers at the University of Reading found traces of parabens in tumors removed from breast cancer patients. According to Dr. Philippa Darbre, one of the conductors of the study, since parabens mimic estrogen and estrogen can speed the growth of tumors, parabens could have an effect on the development of breast cancer. – LiveStrong.com
So Parabens Should Be Avoided, Now What?