Parabens or parabens : (derived from the English word parabens) are a group of 6 preservatives. Their chemical nomenclature is para-hydroxybenzoic ester and they contain methanol , ethane or propanol . In the EU (European Union), they have been assigned the following codes: E214, E215, E216, E217, E218 and E219. In cosmetics they are also often identified with these names: Sodium benzoate , Sodium (and Ammonium) Laureate Sulphate . The parabens are organic substances that can be found for example in blueberries (Organic parabens are metabolized correctly when ingested), but 90% of the parabens used are synthetic, that is, they have been artificially synthesized and do not have an organic origin.
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- 1 Use of Parabens
- 2 Toxic
- 3 Avoid synthetic compounds in cosmetics
- 4 Source
Use of Parabens
Parabens have been used since 1925 as cosmetic preservatives in toothpastes , creams , deodorants , shampoos , children’s cosmetics , gels , lubricants, tonics, makeup, nail lacquer …, but they are also used in their different types to preserve pastries, precooked food , soft drinks, sauces and even fresh meat. It is also used for the composition of various pharmaceutical products, such as cough syrups , antacids , vaginal fungicides , antibiotics, and in paracetamol compositions.and ibuprofen . Its function is preservative and protective, it prevents infection with microorganisms (microbes), fungi or bacteria . Parabens are widely used in the cosmetic industry, approximately 70-90% of frequently used cosmetic products.
They are substances approved by the European and Spanish health authorities and are classified as products with low toxicity and safe, since our body is capable of absorbing and metabolizing this substance and eliminating it quickly. In 2004 , a study (carried out by oncologists at the University of Reading, Edinburgh) was carried out with cancer tissue in which the alarm was raised for the first time, since 90% of the samples analyzed came from cancer patients Mom had found traces of parabens. After several subsequent studies, no conclusion has been drawn on how parabens affect the development of breast cancer, although some scientists suggest that parabens have an action that mimics estrogens (sex hormones, steroids), and this could contribute to the development of cancer tumors. Parabens are well absorbed by the intestinal tract and perfectly eliminated in the urine, but when they are absorbed through the skin (when used externally), it seems that their elimination is not so simple and fast. Currently, there is no conclusive study that alerts about the use of parabens, and for the health authorities it is still a “non-toxic” product and continues to be used in equal measure, but despite this, its long-term effects are still being analyzed. in different studies around the world, especially in its application in children’s cosmetics, in deodorants and nail polishes .
Avoid synthetic compounds in cosmetics
Organic cosmetic products do not contain or should not contain parabens or other synthetic chemicals such as paraffins or perfumes. Specifically, we recommend, as cosmetic brands: Original Cosmetics, Natuderm Botanics, Eco Cosmetics, Urtekram or Matarrania, all of them extraordinary brands, but above all we recommend the use of pure vegetable oils from organic farming, Almond oil , Coconut oil , Jojoba , Calendula , Hypericum or Rosehip, which can be used together with also pure essential oils for different cosmetic or therapeutic uses. We also recommend the deodorant of alum ore or the use of natural deodorants made with essential oils as substitutes for conventional deodorants.