Due to public pressure after parabens were found in cancerous breast tissue in 2004 most large cosmetic companies are now removing them from their formulations.
In the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens―agents that mimic oestrogen in the body causing oestrogen disruption.
They are the most common form of preservative for shampoo and skin care products. Parabens are extremely common in the cosmetics industry; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.
Some to look out for are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben & isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations and body lotions.
The official stance USA
“FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.”
However the EU has taken steps to remove five of them:
Isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, benzylparaben, pentylparaben.
“All products circulating on the market will have to comply from 30 July 2015.”
You can read the official document here
So yet again the EU leads in taking some action – at least it is a step in the right direction
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