Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. These compounds and their salts are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup,and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.
The most common are butyl, methyl, propyl and isobutyl parabens. Over the last few years, however, in response to customer concerns, many brands have started to manufacture paraben-free products.
Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
In individuals with normal skin, parabens are, for the most part, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Parabens can, however, cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies, a small percentage of the general population.
However, the bottom line is “There is no reason to be mindful, but no reason to have an all-consuming concern about these chemicals. If it helps you rest easy, use paraben-free products.”
With truly natural (herbal) products that are paraben free, just stay within their use-by date.
All GoAyur product are paraben free.