I am so sorry that I haven't written an Ingredient Spotlight post in a while! It's been quite the busy month and these sorts of blog posts do require some time to go through scientific journals and read and understand some of the studies. This post tackles the issue of parabens in skincare or our personal care goods. Its another controversial where the media have given it a bad name, but is it deserving of this? Or is this another case of the media interpreting a scientific article in a completely wrong way?
Parabens are another one of those ingredients that are used in the skincare and cosmetic industry that can cause much debate over its safety to humans. There are many scientific studies that look at parabens and whether or not there are any links to cancer. The scientific community do generally agree that parabens as safe to use in formulations. However, there are also other scientists that question its use in cosmetics, personal goods, food and other uses (such as on paper) and whether or not it can cause harm to humans in the long term. Overall, based on the current research - parabens as a whole are still considered to be safe. There are currently no scientific studies that can prove that parabens cause cancer. However, with the rise of many companies marketing products as paraben free or the media reporting that parabens are linked to breast cancer, its difficult to understand or to know if parabens are really safe or not. I have tried my best to analyse some scientific articles (there are so many out there however and I have barely scraped the surface of this topic) and help you formulate your own personal opinion as to whether or not you should abandon parabens in your skincare or not.
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