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What is the deal with parabens?

mefmef Posts: 22Registered Users
Are they bad for your hair? Why is it an ingredient to stay away from?
"Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances."
- La Fontaine"

3a/b brunette, layered, a little past shoulder length

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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    mef wrote:
    Are they bad for your hair? Why is it an ingredient to stay away from?

    It's not unless you're allergic. It's a kind of preservative, and it's a pretty common allergen. If you don't have any kind of reaction, I wouldn't worry about it.
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  • mefmef Posts: 22Registered Users
    Now I am all the wiser! Thanks!
    "Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances."
    - La Fontaine"

    3a/b brunette, layered, a little past shoulder length
  • curlytwirlycurlytwirly Posts: 360Registered Users
    i did some reading on this a while back. not to scare you but i have read that they can cause cancer...here is an excerpt:

    "Early this year the media reported that English researchers identified
    parabens in samples of breast tumors. Parabens (alkyl esters of
    p-hydroxybenzoic acid) are widely used as antimicrobial preservatives
    in thousands of cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceutical
    products, and food. There are six commonly used forms (Methylparaben,
    Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and
    Benzylparaben) and it is estimated that they are used in at least
    13,200 cosmetics products. According to the lead researcher of the
    recent study, Philippa Darbre, an oncology expert at the university of
    Reading, in Edinburgh, the chemical form of the parabens found in 18 of
    the 20 tumors tested indicated that they originated from something
    applied to the skin, the most likely candidates being deodorants,
    antiperspirants, creams, or body sprays."

    I dont know how reliable the reasearch is...ugh, so many things are said to cause cancer...if you can, i guess it would be best to avoid
  • dreamcurlsdreamcurls Posts: 104Registered Users
    From what I know about them, they are hormone disrupters, and it is believed they can cause cancer. This is why they show up in areas where hormones effect (i.e. breast tissue). They are still in a lot of products, but there are many products out there without them now.