Parabens at gunpoint

The composition of all cosmetic creams include substances that are
great disfavor with our consumers. This, of course, about
parabens. Around paraben soars the mass of rumors and fables. And sometimes
It is very difficult to figure out what is fiction and what is true.
Hysteria, bloated online, led to the emergence of paraben-free
cosmetics, which is nonsense for cosmetology. But let’s about
all in order.


  • What are parabens?
  • Why use parabens?
  • What are the accusations of parabens?
  • Is it possible to replace parabens?
  • Natural cosmetics – is it possible?
  • Summarizing

What are parabens?

Parabens are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid,
substances that are widely used as preservatives in
food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Other
In other words, parabens are benzoic acid derivatives. Benzoin
acid is a natural compound found in many fruits
and berries: raspberries, lingonberries, cranberries, blueberries, blueberries. Also she
it is formed in many fermented milk products, such as:
yogurt, sour milk, ryazhenka. Presence of benzoic acid in
natural products speaks of her complete safety and
non-toxicity. For many consumers it becomes real
the discovery that parabens are not artificial compounds
invented by scientists, and the most genuine natural substances.


The composition of cosmetic creams include the most famous
parabens: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben,
isobutyl paraben, isopropyl paraben, benzyl paraben and their sodium
salts. But parabens are not only contained in cosmetology
preparations. For example, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben
add to bakery products, cakes, cakes, butter.
They are also present in canned fish, ketchups, sauces and
mayonnaise. Parabens are found in shampoos, shaving gels, dental
pastes, deodorants, they are added to soap and shower gels.
Preservatives increase the shelf life and sales of products
that would be spoiled if not for the parabens in their composition.
The concentration of parabens depends on the shelf life of the cosmetic
product. The longer the shelf life, the higher the concentration of parabens
in the product.

Why use parabens?

In the manufacture of home cosmetics, for example,
Tonics, tinctures, lotions, you can see that after a couple of days
in the fridge they start to deteriorate. And the thing is that in them
no bactericides and bacteriostats that prevent bacteria
multiply, and the cosmetic product deteriorates. Bactericides
reliably kill germs, bacteriostatic leave them in half alive
the form, not allowing them to multiply. In cosmetic products
Parabens play the role of both bactericides and bacteriostats.
Paraben-free cosmetic product – a nutrient medium for all
microorganisms. Parabens are a well-studied and very reliable class.
preservatives, also cheap enough, which is also important.
But with them, unfortunately, is not so simple.

What are the accusations of parabens?

Recently, the Internet community has joined hands
against parabens. And the thing is that parabens were found in
cancers of the mammary glands, in the fifth breast area – the upper
the outer square adjacent to the armpits. The most important thing is
Cancer was discovered precisely the ether structure
paraben. And this means that they were contained in something that
applied to the skin. This discovery is tied with parabens,
contained in deodorants.

vred dezodorantov

Manufacturers of deodorants immediately responded, saying that
deodorants usually do not need preservatives, so it is extremely
rarely contain parabens. The study was conducted by a molecular biologist.
Philip Darbre. She examined 20 samples of tumor tissue and in
18 of the cases of 20 found a concentration of parabens.
Of course, you can associate this concentration of parabens with cosmetics, and
can be with food parabens. After all, parabens are even added to bread.
But studies in mice have proven that getting into the body with food,
parabens are metabolized and lose their etheric structure. And their
“the ability to start cancer is still
weaker. As a result, only those are able to start oncogenesis.
parabens that enter the body in etheric form.

Further, Philip Darbre decided to find women suffering from this
ailment, but never used sprays and deodorants. AND
here, to her great surprise, the subjects had parabens
localized in the same place – in the upper outer square,
adjacent to armpits. Connected to the study
mammologists. They noted that the cancer tumor
mammary glands at all times it was localized in
upper outer square, because there is a large accumulation of fat
cells, which very slowly gives in to fatty involution. And there
where more adipose tissue, mutations occur more often. So that
the presence of parabens in tumors still does not say anything, since
there is no direct evidence that they initiate development
incurable disease.

How can you figure out exactly which source of parabens in the body
can initiate a cancer? And can it really?
American scientists conducted laboratory tests and proved
that parabens do not have any carcinogenic properties. Straight
there was no evidence, but there were indirect: already formed
cancer cells accumulate parabens. That is not parabens
contribute to the formation of cancer, and the tumor itself
accumulates them in itself.

In other words, the investigation was issued for a reason. For example,
a cancerous tumor contributes to the accumulation of glucose, but no one in the head
does not come to designate it as the initiator of malignant
diseases. However, the problem is that glucose does not have
estrogen-like property, and parabens, according to some
scientists possess. A few years later the American scientist D.
Godfrey discovered that parabens in tumors are not
cosmetic origin. But on this research is not
end, they continue to this day.

However, based on research, the European
Consumer Protection Committee and other organizations around
world, protecting the interests of consumers, have established that
methylparaben and ethylparaben are absolutely safe and allowed
presence in cosmetic products. But their total concentration
should not exceed more than 0.8%. Also all parabens are allowed to
use in all countries of the world and in Japan, inclusive, where
the strictest legislation in relation to the health of the nation.

Is it possible to replace parabens?

Manufacturers of paraben-free cosmetics are constantly trying to convince
consumers that their cosmetic products do not contain
parabens. But they just cunning, calling parabens, for example,
sodium benzoate or benzoic acid, and from the above we
We learned that these substances are the same parabens. Manufacturers
just used their other name. So be vigilant and
Do not be fooled. For example, parabens in creams may
referred to as: arahydroxybenzonate, triclosan, methyl-, ethyl-,
propyl, metagin, proapgin, potassium sorbate, hydroxybenzoic
acids, hydroxybenzonate, hydroxybenzoic acids, hydroxybenzonate,
E214, E219, PHB, paraoxybenzonate, nipagin, nipazol.

Paraben-free cosmetics is a marketing trick. Such
cosmetics are not profitable for manufacturers, it is impossible to preserve and
deliver to consumer. Of course, you can replace parabens, but
few do, since it is inefficient and costly to
financial point of view. One time as a preservative
advertised grapefruit seed extract. There was a real boom
about his naturalness and harmlessness. However, after some
research found in its composition a mixture of benzethonium chloride,
methyl paraben and triclosan. And all because parabens as
Benzoic acid is found in many fruits and berries and is capable of
demonstrate their estrogen-like properties in human
the body. However, it is not known how much they demonstrate
these properties. After all, their estrogen-like action is not as active
like real estrogen. Therefore, it is impossible to say
as far as they increase the risk of cancer

Natural cosmetics – is it possible?

A fair question arises, if parabens are unsafe, then
Is it not possible to create cosmetics without parabens? Is it possible to
is it? Probably, but such cosmetics are unlikely to be reliable and
effective. Suppose if the validity of natural cosmetics
will be a week, then the cream in the package should be exactly one week.
Otherwise it will not be possible to spend it completely. But even in this
If there is no guarantee that the cream will not start to deteriorate during the
of the week. The range of action of natural preservatives is not as extensive.
like parabens. As part of a cosmetic composition, they can
react differently, losing its properties. In other words, their
preservative properties worse than parabens, and the price is much

It is safe to say that natural cosmetics –
This is a Petri dish, on which different breeds grow and multiply.
microorganisms, including pathogens. For this reason, cosmetics
no preservatives impossible. Without them cosmetics
pretty quickly can turn into an explosive mixture of bacteria and
microorganisms. And such cosmetics are unlikely to benefit our
skin. But thanks to rumors about the dangers of parabens, a whole
the industry that produces paraben-free cosmetics and other
funny things.


It can be said that completely undeserved parabens from
harmless substances turned into being pursued by the public
Components. Any chemist can confirm if you disassemble
the chemical composition of plants such as blackberries, lingonberries, oak bark,
raspberry currant, apple, cranberry can get a list of substances
which will not differ from the composition of our favorite creams.

Lovers of “all natural” is difficult to realize that loved ones
berries and fruits grown in their natural environment contain the same
chemical composition and the same “harmful” parabens as
cosmetic creams. This is shocking, but that is exactly the case. we
we live in a world where everything around is chemistry. We ourselves – chemistry, and before
than to be afraid of anything, you need to know whether it really deserves
of our concern. After all, most often all our fears of
ignorance and ignorance.

It is safe to say that:

  1. It makes no sense to be afraid of parabens, since this is nothing but
    benzoic acid found in many fruits and berries.
  2. Parabens become xenoestrogens only when released into
    organism in etheric form. But how much are they able to initiate
    cancer is not yet known exactly.
  3. Research on parabens continues, therefore, the issue of
    the harmfulness of paraben remains open.
  4. The so-called “natural cosmetics” mask for products
    paraben-free, but in fact it is not. Parabens in
    there are such products, but they are designated by others.
  5. The agiotage around parabens is sometimes associated with the desire to “drag”
    on the cosmetic market another class of preservatives. Less effective
    and more expensive.
  6. Those consumers who still do not want to use
    cosmetics with parabens, you should use natural masks from
    fruits, berries, dairy products, etc.
  7. Parabens are a class of perfectly safe and reliable preservatives,
    which are allowed by law in many countries of the world.
  8. Parabens in cosmetic products are at a minimum
    concentration. This concentration is not capable of harming

One last thing: if parabens still remain for you
hazardous substances you should limit yourself to use
cosmetic products and wait for the final results
scientific research.

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