Parabens are preservatives that counteract the rotting process. Although a lot of companies claim paraben-free is the solution, parabens rarely cause contact allergies. This is also why they are still among the best known preservatives of these days.
Try! to know if you have allergies against parabens. If not, then don’t worry! Alternatives cause more reactions then parabens do. Always be careful in what cosmetic companies do and claim, sometimes they just exaggerate.
‘Paraben-free’, they almost beat you to death with it in advertising campaigns. Are parabens really that bad or is it the industry and then especially the marketing departments which really exaggerate about this?
What are parabens?
Parabens are preservatives, which are used to counteract the rotting. It is actually a collective term for a group of several parabens, of which the most important ones are: methyl, -ethyl, -and benzylparaben.
Where can we find these parabens?
Parabens have already been used for more then 50 years in a variety of consumer goods:
- Pharmaceutical products
- Cosmetic products
They can also be found in human tissue and body fluids.
What can parabens cause?
Parabens can cause contact allergies and these have the following characteristics.
- Itchiness & redness
- Flaky skin
- Blisters & scratches
Parabens are actually rarely cause contact allergies. This is also why they are still among the best known preservatives of these days.
They are also present in food and no one asks himself questions about that but all cosmetic firms are shouting from the rooftops that paraben-free is the way and the only way to go. A lot of studies have also proven that the use of these preservatives in cosmetic products is safe. This is also why they have been approved to use in these products from a regulatory point of view. Although they are really safe, a lot of companies avoid the use of parabens in their cosmetic products and search for alternatives. However this doesn’t seem to be easy. These last years we have seen more and more allergic reactions appearing with the use of these alternatives like formaldehyde and sorbic acid.
So don’t allow cosmetic firms to make you crazy, and totally gaga, unless you have a proven allergy towards one of these parabens of course. And if you know that you have a really sensitive skin, then always test a new product on the inside of your wrist. If you experience your skin turning red and irritated then it is possible that you are allergic to one of the components in that new product. In this case you better visit a dermatologist.