Which components in skincare products are healthy and which are not? To know the answer to that question, you don’t have to be a dermatologist.
One of the largest names on the skincare bad list which I bet you all know is parabens.
What are parabens?
Parabens are a group of preservatives that are widely used in topical pharmaceutical products. They are also used in cosmetics, skin care products, medications, foods, and industrially in oils, fats, shoe polishes, textiles, and glues.
Parabens started to be added to products in the 1950s and they are used primarily to prolong shelf life and also to prevent the growth of bacteria/mold etc. within them.
Why parabens are bad for us:
A British study found 19 out of 20 women studied had parabens in their breast tissue. This causes concern as it shows that these used in self-care products don’t just sit on the skin but they can be integrated and remain in our bodily tissues. From such data, it has been speculated that parabens could potentially lead to cancer formation.
Furthermore, there is some evidence that parabens might mimic the effects of estrogen, which has also been connected to the development of cancer and infertility.
Additionally, skin allergies and sensitivities are frequently linked to parabens. When parabens are repeatedly exposed to the skin, the immune cells in the skin gradually but substantially mount an immunological response to parabens when they later come into contact with the skin. This causes skin sensitivities and allergies.
Don’t panic, but from now onwards, I would advise you to be more selective and to read the ingredients list on every skincare product that you use.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.