Parabens

What is it?

  • Cosmetic preservative used to prevent mold growth

Where is it used?

  • Makeup
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorants

What does it do?

  • Inhibits mold growth

Interesting Facts:

  • Comes under many different prefix names
  • Used since the 1950’s

Pros/Cons:

Pros:

  • Inhibits the growth of mold and bacteria in products
  • Extends shelf life
  • Has been banned in Europe

Cons:

  • Linked to Cancer
  • May cause allergic reactions
  • Skin reactions include: blisters,rash and hives
  • Mimics estrogen in the body and is an endocrine disruptor
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