Today in this article we will discuss some side effects of parabens. We have seen a lot of products claiming to be paraben-free. Now buying a product that has no parabens can actually make a lot of difference. Before getting into the side effects of parabens let us know what actually does this word mean.
Parabens are synthetic chemicals that are used as preservatives in many products, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food. As preservatives, parabens give products a longer shelf-life and prevents harmful bacteria and mold from growing in the products, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Parabens are derived from a chemical known as para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, like blueberries and carrots. PHBA is also naturally formed in the human body by the breakdown of some Amino acids.
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The parabens that are manufactured for consumables and personal care products are identical to those found in nature. All commercially used parabens are synthetically produced. Parabens are widely used because they are hypoallergenic and cost very less to produce.
The most common types of parabens are: –
Often more than one paraben is used in a single product.
Mostly parabens are found in: –
Why are parabens bad?
Parabens allow products to survive for months and even yearsin our bathroom shelf. However, when you use these products, they can also enter your body through your skin. It has been proven that parabens can penetrate the skin and remain within the tissue. It is said that parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen. Too much estrogen can activate an increase in breast cell division and the growth of tumors, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. In males, this can cause infertility by causing low sperm count or decreased levels of testosterone. They can cause skin irritation. Other side effects include thyroid disorders, diabetes, autism, obesity, ADHD and early puberty.
Side Effects on Environment
Paraben discharge into the environment is common due to its universal usage in cosmetic products. A study on consumer-available personal care products revealed that 44% of the tested products contain parabens. When washing these products off the human body, they flow down the drain and into community sewerage. Once this occurs, the potential for parabens to accumulate within aqueous and solid mediums materializes. Some of the most common paraben derivatives found in the environment include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Parabens flow from sewerage to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) as influent where they are either removed, chemically altered, or released into the environment through sludge or tertiary waste water.There are potential health risks these substances might pose to marine animals.
The chemical industry dismisses these reports as flawed and does not acknowledge cause for concern even though their safety testing is based on skin irritation and does not take into account absorption and prolonged, repetitive exposure. Many consumers, though, are gravitating on the side of caution and the demand for paraben-free products has grown substantially. There are now many safer options that didn’t exist 10 years ago. So always check your labels and avoid products that have ingredients listed as butylparaben, isobutyl paraben, isopropyl paraben, methylparaben, and propylparaben, instead look for the term paraben-free.
We should take full responsibility for our environment and marine life.