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Toxic Tuesday: Focus On Parabens

WHAT IS IT? A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient.

HEALTH RISK: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens.


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  1. All the posts on toxic Tuesday contain only claims with no back up information and little detail. And they simply link to a company where there is no further information to be found. It feels a bit like manipulative marketing rather than any type of valuable information. Please make posts more informative and claims more substantiated.

    Respectfully | 02.14.2012 | Reply
  2. […] Parabens are preservatives used because the 1920s to stop progress of micro organism and mould in facial cleansers, physique washes, lotions, antiperspirant and basis. A research revealed in Toxicology and Utilized Pharmacology confirmed that the chemical substances have been linked to endocrine disruption; parabens compete with estrogen for websites to connect all through the physique, thereby probably affecting hormonal steadiness. In accordance with the Journal of Utilized Toxicology, analysis additionally suggests parabens could allow improvement of most cancers in human breast tissue. […]

  3. […] Parabens are preservatives used since the 1920s to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold in facial cleansers, body washes, lotions, antiperspirant, and foundation. A study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology showed that the chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption; parabens compete with estrogen for sites to attach throughout the body, thereby potentially affecting hormonal balance. According to the Journal of Applied Toxicology, research also suggests parabens may enable development of cancer in human breast tissue. […]



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