Most personal care products contain ingredients that work as preservative systems to prevent them from becoming contaminated by the growth of microorganisms. In fact, without preservatives, it is difficult to formulate a product that is not susceptible to contamination as soon as it is exposed to outside influences during use. Bacteria, mold, and other microbes can cause infections and other health problems if a contaminated product is used around the eyes, on the skin, or is ingested.
Parabens are among the most widely used preservatives in the cosmetic industry, yet they have been the topic of a flood of bad press. Consumers are understandably worried by the articles they read linking these ingredients to a variety of serious issues.
But is the hype real?
Many regulatory agencies and health organizations believe parabens are safe, while recognizing that more research is necessary.
Concerned consumers have to decide for themselves.
Click here for an informative and unbiased article from Skin Inc., a publication geared toward aestheticians and spa owners.