Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Dangers of Parabens in Your Skin Care Products


Parabens are used in water-based skin care products to kill bacteria but they are highly toxic to the body's cells. Methyl, propyl, ethyl, and butyl parabens are found in many skin care products and cosmetics as a preservative which can be absorbed through the skin. Methylparaben and propylparaben are the most common found, but all are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. Search the  EWG Skin Deep Datatbase .  Similar concentrations or parabens found in cosmetic products have been found in biopsies from breast tumors. Parabens are also found in nearly all urine samples from U.S. adults.

Parabens are found mostly in personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, facial cleansers and scrubs. The concentration limits are recommended for each paraben, yet there is no caution for the use of of multiple parabens in a single product or exposure to parabens from several products by one individual.
Parabens mimic your body's own hormones and can disturb the action of your endocrine system. They cause harm to just about every bodily system such as your ovaries, thyroid, 
hypothalamus, and the male reproductive system.
Parabens enter your bloodstream when rubbed onto your skin. You receive higher concentrations from putting it on your skin than you do from drinking it!
Parabens contribute to estrogenic conditions. Estrogen can be stimulated by absorbing parabens.
Parabens can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. If your skin care product contains parabens, there is a likelihood it also contains other harmful ingredients.
A 2004 UK study detected traces of five parabens in breast cancer tumors of 19 of the 20 women studied. The study concluded the parabens remained intact. Unaltered by the body's metabolism, which is concerning since it is apparent this chemical can penetrate the skin and remain in breast tissue.

Dangerous synthetic preservatives:

    1. Imidiazolidinyl Urea (Germall 115) and Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall II) Causes contact
      dermatitis. Germall 115 releases formaldehyde over 10°C.
    2. DMDM Hydantoin Highly toxic, causes contact dermatitis, contains formaldehyde. Used in
      shampoos and deodorants.
    3. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben Toxic, Causes allergic reactions and skin rashes. Used in a huge range of products and is implicated in increasing breast cancer rates when used as a preservative in underarm deodorants.
    4. 2-Bromo-2-Nitro-Propane-1, 3-diol. (Bronopol). Toxic - causes allergic contact dermatitis. Used in face creams, shampoos, mascaras and bath oils.
    5. Benzalkonium Chloride - Highly toxic, primary skin irritant. Used in shampoos, conditioner and deodorants.
    6. Quarternium-15 Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions
    7. Chloromethylisothiazolinone and Isothiazolinone - Cause contact dermatitis
    8. Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone- Both cause allergies
    9. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) - Both cause allergic contact dermatitis - worse BHT is carcinogenic!

Wouldn't it make sense to ban all toxins from our products? Take a look at just a few natural preservatives that cause no threat to the human body:

Tea Tree Oil
Thyme Essential Oil
Rosemary Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Vitamin E
Neem Seed

Maxine Drake / CME
Med-Esthetics Consulting

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