What are parabens?Parabens are preservatives and anti-microbials that are commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products and some foods . They are added to personal care and cosmetics to stop fungus and bacteria from growing in liquids, lotions and creams, as well as to extend the shelf life of these products.
What products are parabens in?Parabens are preservatives that are synthetically produced for their use in cosmetics, food products, and personal care products like shampoos and baby shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products, foundation make-up, facial masks, shaving creams, lotions and moisturizers and deodorants  . Foods like baked goods, jams, jellies, syrups, and beverages may also contain parabens.
How to tell if a product has parabensIngredient names that contain the word “paraben” contain paraben. Examples include: methyl paraben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben.
Risks associates with parabensThe CDC has detected parabens in almost all Americans tested. They are linked to a multitude of health risks including cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation . The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products claims that longer-chain parabens may disrupt the reproductive and endocrine systems causing reproductive and developmental disorders . Other health issues caused by parabens include:
- Reproductive toxicitiy
- Hormonal imbalance