Whenever someone says the word "parabens" in our office, editors start scurrying in all sorts of directions. Brands developing paraben-free lines have got us all thinking about why this stuff is even in our beauty products. Not to mention that alarming 2012 study that made the correlation between parabens and incidences of breast cancer is starting to push us in the all-natural direction with our skincare regimen.
We've gone dizzy trying to delve into medical reports to get the lowdown on parabens. Luckily, we have a much clearer concept after taking our concerns to two board-certified dermatologists and a cosmetic chemist. Here's what we uncovered.
Parabens are chemical preservatives used to extend the shelf life of beauty products and prevent the growth of microorganisms.
Parabens were introduced as a preservative back in the 1930s, according to Dr. Naana Boakye, a New Jersey-based dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Commonly found in shampoos, moisturizers and lipsticks, they are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Read more