What are Parabens?
Parabens are a group of chemical preservatives frequently found in various cosmetic products, including many hair care products. They are typically absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream.
Some of the most commonly used parabens include methylparabens, propylparabens, butylparabens, and ethylparabens, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The primary function of Parabens is to extend the shelf life of products by preventing the growth of harmful mold and bacteria. However, can these same ingredients used to protect customers from dangerous elements be causing more harm than good?
Parabens linked to Breast Cancer
Recent studies have found that Parabens can cause the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. According to researchers, Parabens ranked low on the chemical toxicity scale - however, they are more harmful to the human body than Scientists originally discovered.
Researchers found that Parabens are “estrogen mimickers”, that can attach themselves to the naturally produced estrogen receptors created by the human body. When this happens a process occurs where naturally occurring genes that the body uses to control by way of natural estrogen, called Estradiol, can no longer be controlled.
The outcome of the uncontrolled amounts of mutated estrogen receptors and “estrogen mimickers” are what have been found to cause the growth of breast tumor cells.
It’s important to remember that, knowledge is power. With so many harmful chemical ingredients that could lead to long and short term side effects, we want you to be informed about what you put in your body and on your hair.