Parabens are preservatives that are often found in skin care, body, and countless other beauty products to prevent fungal and bacterial contamination. Used since the 1920s, parabens, in the last 10 years, have come under scrutiny due to reports indicating possible health risks.[i] As part of Terranova’s mission in “Truth & Beauty,” we feel it’s important for consumers to know why these concerns were first raised, and understand the concluding thoughts of the U.S. and global science communities.
Parabens have had a long history of safe use, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that the use of parabens came under scrutiny. In the 1990’s, a study was conducted that showed that parabens actually contained an ability to mimic estrogen in the body, and estrogen disruption had been linked to breast cancer. Then, in a 2004, a research study conducted by Dr. Phillippa Darbe concluded that the various forms of parabens were linked to breast cancer.[ii]
On the other hand, there’s considerable global research that indicates parabens are actually broken down and excreted harmlessly by the body, and the paraben levels in most products were 10,000 times weaker than naturally occurring parabens found in commonly consumed vegetables and fruits like blueberries, carrots and cucumbers.[iii]
As of now, The FDA, National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society stipulate that research findings that indicate a possible connection between paraben and cancer are inconclusive, and that more research needs to be conducted.[iv]
So, we leave it up to you, the consumer, to determine your “truth” based on the facts. As the stat about the vegetables shows, natural and organic does not necessarily mean paraben-free or non toxic.
[i] “What is Paraben-Free?” – Dermstore – http://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm
[ii] “What is Paraben-Free?”- Dermstore – http://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm
[iii] “What is Paraben-Free?”- Dermstore – http://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm
[iv] “What Facial Skin Care Products Do Not Contain Parabens”- Livestrong.com-http://www.livestrong.com/article/160857-what-facial-skin-products-do-not-contain-parabens/