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Beauty Products Going Paraben-Free

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm

As consumers have become better educated on the possible dangers of parabens--synthetic toxic preservatives found in cosmetics and personal care products--skincare companies are taking note and responding to their customers' demand for paraben-free products.

Parabens are considered to be endocrine disruptors. A number of recent laboratory studies have shown that various types of parabens (benzyl, benzyol, ethyl, methyl and propyl) mimic estrogen.

Additionally, studies have found parabens in human breast tumors. While these findings do not conclude a positive link between exposure to parabens and the development of breast cancer, they have has stirred considerable controversy because of the possibility.

Fortunately, many skincare companies are deciding to remove these hormone-mimicking preservatives from their lines. MOP (Modern Organic Products ), Zia Natural Skincare, Annemarie Borlind and Doll Face have either begun purging or have plans to remove parabens from their products, according to Alternative Medicine. is a big fan of MyChelle Dermaceuticals because they've never put parabens in their skincare products. In fact, this highly effective skincare line is so pure and natural that their products have always been free of phthalates, propylene glycol, ureas, EDTA, fragrances, particles and artificial colors.

If you check the labels on your personal toiletries and cosmetics, you'll be amazed to see how prevalent parabens are. Fortunately, with the number of companies stepping up to remove them from their products, it may not be long before the trend goes completely mainstream.

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