Parabens have had so much bad press because of a 2004 study that linked them to breast cancer. But how accurate was this information and should we all be banning them from our skincare regiments?
They come in many forms including; butyl paraben and ethyl paraben. And they are present to keep products safer to use for a longer time. So when the 2004 study that many believed showed parabens had a link to cancer surfaced in the media it seemed that they would no longer have a space in the world of skincare
However, P. Darbre who was the researched that conducted said study made it clear that there was no link between the two.
There have been extensive studies since to prove that parabens can indeed be metabolized and excreted by the body harmlessly especially in the amounts that they are found in skincare.
WHAT DO THE STANDARDS AGENCIES SAY?
FDA: began studying the effects of parabens in response to the outcry of their potential estrogenic effect and link to breast cancer. The FDA found that parabens are safe for use in cosmetics, and it also says that, based on the weight of all the current scientific evidence, there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of products containing parabens.
MHRA: Reached out for comment
As with most science, new studies and evidence emerges continuously, meaning these things change but as of right now they are safe to use.