Parabens are a type of preservatives widely used in beauty products and hygiene, such as shampoos, creams, deodorants, scrubs and other types of cosmetics, like lipsticks or mascara, for example. Some of the examples used include:
Although they are a great way to prevent fungi, bacteria and other micro-organisms can grow on the products, seem to be related with an increase in the number of cases of cancer, especially cancer of the breast and testicles.
Although the amount of parabens in a product is considered to be safe by entities of security as a Anvisa, most of the studies was done in just a product, not being referred to the cumulative effect of several products on the body during the day.
Because they can do harm to health
Parabens are substances that can mimic slightly the effect of estrogens in the body, which ends up stimulating the division of the cells of the breasts and can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
In addition, the parabens have now also been identified in the urine and in the blood of healthy people, a few hours after they have been used a product with these substances. This means that the body can absorb parabens and, therefore, have the potential to cause changes in health.
In men, parabens can also be related to the decrease in the production of sperm, mainly due to its effect on the hormonal system.
How to avoid the use of parabens
Although they are considered safe to use, since there are options for products without parabens, which can be used by those who prefer to avoid this type of substance. Some examples of brands that have products without the substance are:
- Leonor Greyl;
- La Roche Posay;
- Bio extratus.
However, even if you want to use products that contain parabens, the most important thing is to try to avoid its overuse, but use only 2 or 3 of these products per day. In this way, the products are free from parabens do not need to completely replacing products that contain the substance, making it a good option to use in conjunction, decreasing its concentration in the body.