So What’s the Big Deal About Parabens?

Lately, it seems there has been a lot of fuss about chemicals known as parabens. Parabens are a class of chemicals that have historically been used preservatives throughout the cosmetic industry. Parabens are very effective antibacterial and antifungal agents. These chemicals can be found in lotion, shampoo, conditioners, shaving gels, make-up and even toothpaste.

So, what’s the big deal about parabens? Recently, the use of parabens has been questioned by regulatory industries, medical professionals, and consumers. The primary reason the use of parabens is being questioned as food and cosmetic additives is their presence in breast cancer tumors. Although this link with breast cancer tumors does not conclusively identify parabens as a carcinogen, it is certainly reason enough to avoid products containing these chemicals.

In addition to a seeming link of parabens to breast cancer, this class of chemicals has been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen disrupting the normal function of the endocrine system. Parabens have been shown to bind with estrogen receptor molecules, thus blocking the normal activity of estrogen.

Savannah Bee is absolutely committed to formulating paraben free products. The only way to know if a product is paraben free is by reading the label and ingredient list of the product. The most common forms of paraben additives are, ethyparaben, butylpareben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

 

Submitted By: Brantley Crowder

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