What Is A Paraben?

By Beth Egan

Paraben is one of a group of chemicals used as a preservative in various pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. These synthetically produced chemicals can cause dermatitis, rosacea, and other types of skin irritation in those with paraben allergies. Parabens were also found in human breast tumor tissue in a recent study conducted at the University of Reading, leading some to wonder if parabens applied topically around the arm (deodorant, lotion, etc.) could have migrated to breast tissue. Parabens are sometimes used as a food additive, but is most often found in the following common household products:

• Shampoo
• Toothpaste
• Spray tanning solution
• Personal lubricant
• Lotion and other commercial moisturizer
• Shaving gel

Most people do absorb, metabolize, and excrete paraben quickly out of their systems, but when it comes to your health and the health of your children, can you afford to take chances?

Many different paraben free alternatives exist – a few examples are shown below:
Paraban Free Sun Block
Paraban Free Daily Nutritional Skin Care

Beth Egan is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 4. As a former teacher, Beth enjoys educating others on the importance of living green and removing the toxins from your home and the environment. She does this through articles, guest blogging, volunteering for the Healthy Child Healthy World Organization and her business with Shaklee. As a supporter of the Healthy Child Healthy World organization Beth will be posting articles frequently to this blog to alert you to current news on this topic and give ideas and information about making changes that will benefit all of us but most importantly the future, Our Children.

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