For context, parabens are cheap and effective preservatives that many large companies use. Parabens cause weak estrogen activity. They also kill bacteria. Parabens stop living processes. Some physicians say the estrogen effect has little physiologic effect, yet most recommend avoiding parabens if you have an estrogen sensitive cancer. Without this chemical, many products could not be made acceptable for open container use.
On the other hand, the killing of bacteria make parabens effective preservatives. But another term for preservative is “antibiotic”. It is just a matter of time before drug resistant super bacteria and mold evolve from the use of preservative-antibiotics.
This killing happens at a low percentage of parabens, and some point out it takes much more paraben to generate the estrogen effects. The replacement for Parabens has been Phenoxyethanol. But this too has estrogen mimic qualities. Some experiments show that Phenoxyethanol hurts ovaries and the offspring of those treated… it passes to the next generation.
Therefore, the small amounts of parabens present in many products, by all accounts will not kill you today. Why does Ceela Naturals not use parabens or artificial preservatives?
Because we respectfully disagree. Repetitive low level use may have effects in many people.
Most people list Parabens as environmental estrogen mimics. Parabens can get across the placenta into babies, which can possibly affect the sexual orientation of the baby. Some worry about breast and prostate cancer. But so many chemicals in our environment, including natural lavender, have profound estrogen effects (causing breasts in little boys). Above all else, these effects may produce irreversible psychological effects.
Parabens are weak estrogen mimics, however, they can and do add up. You can avoid them if you choose to avoid them. If you have estrogen issues or any cancer, you definitely should not sidestep this concern. While long term exposures at low concentrations have not been fully explored, the fact that so many products use parabens is alarming and produces an additive effect. An additive effect that we as a culture just do not want to confront.
If you have breast cancer, parabens are a “no-no” for now. Consider that parabens can make certain cancers grow faster.
In summary, parabens cause estrogen activity in people. And many other environmental hazards have similar activity. Simply put, we can choose to avoid parabens in skin care. To complicate matters, we have little knowledge of some important things when it comes to estrogen mimics. For example, we do not know how such estrogen mimics and noxious agents like formaldehyde affect health. Formaldehyde remains one of the most common preservatives in cosmetics.
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