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I avoided them for awhile but some products I really like contain them. Though I do think that if you can make a product good without them, why add them at all?

I don’t watch out for them, but I do choose natural products or higher quality products when possible, which are less likely to contain them!

I concur, I try to avoid parabens for the most part because I like to have a homopathic approach to beauty and skin care.

I try my best to keep them out of my skincare, body care (esp. deodorant!) and haircare (although I admit to using Redken’s All Soft products sometimes), and I absolutely won’t put any product with a paraben in it on my lips because of fear of ingestion. Sadly this leaves out the wonderful Chanel lip products. ๐Ÿ™

As for eye shadows, liners and blushes, I use some that contain parabens. If it’s only a couple, I can deal with it, plus I don’t wear shadows every day.

PS – they are insidious little suckers. I bought some Maalox for heartburn, read the ingredients and there they were! Ingesting it is out of the question.

MAC’s don’t have parabens. They contain phenoxyethanol or BHT which I’ve heard aren’t such great preservatives either, but they’re still not a paraben.

I also use Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Tarte’s 24/7 balms and their new twist-up lip crayons.

Yay and nay — I’m fine with them for myself, but am always on the lookout for paraben-free products for my sister (who’s allergic to them)!

I completely agree with you Christine. Also being that Parabens are just preservatives and are used in very tiny amounts, I don’t mind them a bit. In fact, I’d be more concerned about products without any preservatives because they can expire so quickly and harbor harmful bacteria.

Parabens are an effective preservative. They are studies that show that they can’t even cross the skin because they aren’t potent enough to do so. I think it’s all unnecessary fear started up by one incredibly misinformed person that spread like wildfire because of the existence of the internet. It’s better to have preservatives in a product than to spread mould and bacteria all over your face because your product is a giant culture dish for microbes. Instead, why aren’t people more worried about formaldehyde releasers in their beauty products that are used as preservatives? Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the IARC. How’s that for food for thought?

It was a study that discovered parabens in tissue of patients with breast cancer that started it all.

I also worry about the products like diazolidinyl urea, which is a formaldehyde releaser. I do my best to avoid that too.

Parabens are fine. They’re widely used in food (which is FDA aprroved), so if you can eat them safely, you can surely put them on your face and be safe.

I don’t really avoid them. I also happen to buy products labelled as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ anyway, and they have variations in their standards too.

Parabens are great as they preserve your products to avoid breeding bacteria and increasing the shelf life of products so I think that they are good in that sense.

But if you consider how unnatural it is for things to be preserved for that long (think food left out), you wonder what effects the “preservation” is doing internally.

I would rather avoid it if I can, but if I can’t, I won’t be too fussed using something with parabens in it, as long as it is not in large quantities all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

I think that people get too paranoid about it, and a lot of big brand names still use them in their products. The parabens are just everywhere from your skincare to your make up , there ‘s a lot of parabens in Mac products and people stills buy them, and also in purity made simple cleanser and people still say it’s one of the best and gentle face cleanser on the market, these are just a few examples… I don’t think that you can stop using them because then your products will not last at all , their shelf life would not be like 1 to 3 years…. And if you buy a very expensive face cream , you don’t want it to be spoilt right away. Lush fresh mask don’t last long , and I don’t think they’re better than any other mask that contains parabens. I have tries a lot of products that claims to be natural but they’re not that great and they made me break out, so to me PARABENS are not an issue at all.

Parabens in MAC makeup or skincare? I read all of the boxes on my MAC cosmetics (don’t use their skincare) and there is no paraben listed. They seem to use phenoxyethanol as their preservative.

So what phenoxyethanol is also a preservative like parabens, I did not say that their skincare contains parabens, I was referring to other big skincare brands eg lancome, shiseido, philosophy etc… How can I say that MAC SKINCARE contains parabens, i’ve never used them! I only buy their makeup, so please just don’t misinterpret other people’ words…

I try to watch them when I can. since they are in so many makeup products I try to limit them in other products, like skin care, moisturizers, and hair care. I am not 100% against them, but I like that there are products out there that don’t have them. I like those options. Bottom line for me is that research is going to tell you one thing, but how your body reacts is altogether different. I think it’s wise for product developers to offer some paraben free options when they can. Its good business sense since some people avoid them

I think the link you provided oversimplifies the situation with parabens by a LOT. Parabens mimic estrogen, and estrogen and other estrogenic chemicals help aggravate breast cancer risks. They also manage to accumulate in the body without being expelled. Parabens specifically are not conclusively linked to breast cancer, however saying there’s no reason to be concerned is a bit of a stretch.

Also, the article says that “the risk is small,” without offering any evidence. As they pointed out earlier, there isn’t a conclusive study as of yet. We do not know the size of the risk, but that doesn’t make it small.

I’m not saying “DON’T USE PARABEN PRODUCTS OR YOU’LL DIE OF CANCER,” (I use products with parabens myself) but for a site that touts itself as being “real scientists” answering your beauty questions, their answer isn’t scientific at all. It’s more along the lines of “this is what we believe because it seems to be true”: just like any other person on the internet. They don’t even give the full picture of WHY people think parabens are dangerous.

I’d also like to add that these are apparently cosmetic scientists, and though some brands like to cash in on not having parabens, most do not because the sheer cost to the company at large would be greater. That they share the opinion of the industry at large is not surprising, but it is worth noting and considering.

Wow, Christine, sorry for writing you an essay. xD

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I’ve read more than that one article – but I find that article does a good job at summarizing in a way that is understandable without having a lot of scientific terms ๐Ÿ™‚

I personally trust them, as a long-time reader, so I don’t find that they are biased. I only provide links to websites that I read and trust – which is why I do not just link anybody.

I do believe that YOU have read more than one article, but a lot of their readers will not have. They don’t have to NOT favor an opinion, but they can explain both sides fully before giving their opinion. They failed to do that, so they automatically fail as a reliable source of information for me. It’s not scientific terms I’m looking for, but evidence. Using evidence is a cornerstone of science (and of any debate, really), and they state two or three claims with none of their own.

I hadn’t seen this site until you posted it, and since this morning I’ve read about twenty articles and found something wrong with quite a few of them.

I just really don’t like thebeautybrains.com. I don’t believe their bloggers are reliable, journalistically responsible or scientifically responsible. If your opinion differs, I respect that completely, so I hope you didn’t take it any other way.

Here are my links.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20932229
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19101832
I use PubMed all the time as a jumping off point when I am interested in something. I cannot believe I did not know about this site until Graduate school. I understand what Vijaya is saying about the sight, however, at least it really does apply real science into their article. I tend to only read science that are not straight from journals just to see what the general public is exposed to from 3rd source material and how it shapes their day to day opinions. You are more likely to get exposed to hormone disruptor in your daily environment. But, I am saying that last statement without a source (:) so don’t take it at the truth. I am a first year public health grad student at UCB. Love the site.

I misspelled site and tons of other errors. Ugh why do I always hit the reply button with out proofreading? Can I blame finals? Okay thanks.

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Thanks, Gia! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do enough heavy lifting (err, reading!) at school, so when it comes to everything else – I need others to break it down to me in a way that’s easy enough for me to understand without getting bogged down in terminology.

The FDA has done tons of studies on real women and has concluded that there is, and I quote- “parabens are safe for use in cosmetics”, and it also says that, based on the weight of all the current scientific evidence, “there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of products containing parabens”. They are metabolized too rapidly in the body to give off any adverse effects.

I try to avoid them as much as I can. All if my skin care I purchase from Whole Food Market, especially eye creams since the skin around this area is so thin and it absorbs everything instantly. As far as make up, I will not throw away what I already have that contains parabens, and I am very selective of what I buy that has parabens in it.

I use makeup with parabens, however I don’t use skin care/deodorant/shampoo with parabens in them. I like to think that my cleanser and moisturizer and stuff like that has the most contact with my skin, so if parabens are an issue it won’t be that big of a deal for my skin care routines. I know there isn’t much of a case against them, but there’s so much controversy that there has to be something going on there… And I agree with Dawn, below, if you can make a good product without them, why do so many compaines not take them out of their products?

I’m indifferent about parabens and other controversial ingredients. Especially when it comes to shampoo,conditioner, and body wash, you’re just rinsing it off anyway.

I try to avoid them with my skin care products as much as possible. Cosmetics, its still unavoidable but I don’t wear liquid foundations every day compared to using a facial wash, Shampoo and lotions.

I buy a mixing medium from The All Natural Face called Seal IT Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Sealant that uses Geogardยฎ Ultra and Potassium Sorbate that makes is last just a long as other liquid product after you open it.

What I’m more concerned about is the lack of ingredients listing under “Perfume” or “Fragrance”. There’s usual chemical carries in that ingredient that A) my skin hates and I can never track what it was down or B) Can muck up young adults with the artificial hormones.

I am definitely glad you brought this topic up. I have a lot of makeup that contains parabens, but I’m at the point right now where 99% of the time I will not buy a product that contains parabens, because I don’t want to take any chances. Also, other companies use different preservatives, why can’t all companies stop using parabens?

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