Go ahead and grab a lotion, toner, foundation, lipstick, any cosmetic and beauty product and read the label. Chances are, paraben is listed in the ingredients. Paraben is a group of compounds; it is mainly used as preservative in pharmaceutical products, cosmetic products and even in food!
Netflix! I mean... chill. To simply put it in one word, the answer is no. Paraben got a bad reputation due to a misunderstanding on a research back in 2004. Not to mention the hype that was given to it by the media. The misconception spread like wildfire and paraben was pretty much hated even until today. What’s with the research, you ask? To make the story simple and short, paraben was mistakenly associated with breast cancer when paraben metabolites (metabolites are products of metabolism) were detected in the samples of breast cancer tissues but no claim was made that the presence of parabens caused breast cancer. In fact, parabens are broken down when absorbed by the body, metabolized and excreted by the body harmlessly according to a global research following the 2004 paraben scare.
Paraben is Naturally-Occurring
Paraben can be found in vegetables and fruits! Not only that, it is also present in everyday food items like beans, nuts and seeds, soy, berries, etc. And the amount of paraben in these foods is much more than the paraben in your beauty products! Have you ever heard someone getting cancer from apples and strawberries? There’s the answer. So keep calm and paraben.
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