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Parabens & Cancer – The Real Truth!

By KD Gates, CEO Celsaderm Skin Care

Oct 13 2015

Parabens & Cancer – The Real Truth!

Although you will never find parabens in Celsaderm products, there are serious questions regarding the link between parabens and cancer.

Do parabens cause cancer? According to many well-known industry leaders, including skincare expert Paula Begoun, parabens do not cause cancer. And like Paula, the Food and Drug Administration shares that same belief, saying parabens are not dangerous when applied to skin and are not cancer-causing substances(1). The FDA has since stated that consumers should not be concerned about using parabens at this time.

However, many companies, including those labeling themselves as natural and organic, are screaming to ban parabens without conclusive research or evidence. I say conclusive because those companies believe that organic and/or natural ingredients are better ingredients without understanding that parabens originate from the acid found in blackberries and raspberries, two natural fruits(2). Further, the innate intentions of many anti-paraben protestors came about to support the use of natural ingredients – but without adequate or well-supported facts to support their claims.

On the other hand, parabens have been shown to stimulate estrogenic activity in the body. However, if parabens, at their low usage levels, could stimulate estrogen, many natural products including ginseng and soy could possibly do the same. While parabens have been found in breast tissue, several studies failed to prove that parabens were the actual cause of cancer or that they present a greater harm to the human body than other preservatives, including natural preservatives. Further, the small number of studies previously conducted did not take into account the parabens found in other parts of the body and therefore could not conclusively conclude that parabens cause breast cancer(3).

Numerous studies have shown that the estrogenic abilities of parabens include fewer estrogenic properties than our body’s naturally occurring estrogen. In addition, many studies have also proven that parabens are not capable of penetrating the skin unless they are first dissolved in a solvent to enhance skin penetration, therefore discrediting many negative claims present today.

Regardless of the study, argument, or scientific conclusion, the decision to use or not to use products with parabens remain solely with you, the consumer. As with all of your decisions, careful thought surrounding parabens and any other ingredients found in your skincare products of choice -- whether natural or conventional -- should come first.

Cheers to healthy and happy skin!

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(2) Cosmetics & Toiletries, March 2010, pages 80-83

Cheers to healthy and happy skin!

K.D. Gates \

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