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Are parabens really that bad? There are some websites that say parabens can cause cancer. I was looking through some of my products and there are a bunch that have parabens. SHould I be worried??
 

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there is a big debate about it, some say yes, some say no.

I say if there is even a chance that it is cancer causing, then do without it if possible. I dont use sunscreens anymore that have parabens in it. And one of the product lines that I use at the day spa I work at when I do facials is paraben free.
 

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Well there is no real proof yet that parabens cause cancer. The problem is that over time we find more and more things that cause cancer. What you think is safe today, tomorrow you'll find is carginogenic.
 

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well yes I do believe that a lot of what we now take for granted in our daily lives in modern society is to blame for the sky rocketing cancer rates among the sky rocketing rates in auto immune diseases, alzheimers, allergies, asthma, MS, diabetes, parkinsons, adult acne, and many many many more.
 

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Thanks everyone for your advice. So you think I should throw out all my paraben filled stuff?

Are there any companies make paraben free products?
 

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any organic skin care line is paraben free such as Aubrey Organics, Burts Bees, etc. I use Kiss My Face sunscreen and another brand too, I forget the name but if you have a natural foods store in your area, go in there and check out what products they have and make sure to always read the labels.

a professional skin care line that is paraben free that I have where I work is called Hylunia but you can only buy their products through a spa or salon that carries their line.
 

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There are things that can be used as preservatives that are not harmful. I use products from Garden of Wisdom and Skin Actives with no parabens and some of these items I have had for almost a year, also I think Dr Hauska (sp) is all natural and used by many Hollywood celebs. I would avoid anything with parabens it's just not worth the risk.
 

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all natural is not the same as organic. All natural still contains some chemicals and toxins.
I did not know that. I always figured if it said "All" or "100%" natural, then it would be free of any chemicals or artificial ingredients.
 

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Hi Mutti,
Let's see. Parabens are mainly used as preservatives. Some time ago, they were found in samples of breast tumors, so most people concluded that they were the cause of some types of cancer. This association hasn't been confirmed by scientists; there's still no good scientific evidence to prove it, so I guess we're safe... at least for now.

As for the "all / 100% natural" statement, guess what... the FDA does not regulate these claims, no matter what they say, so a lot of companies have used it to improve their business.

However there are companies out there that are truely 100% natural so dont lose faith, just be careful when choosing natural products. Organic products are still your best option. Companies should include a list of ingredients used in their products which is important to check.

Kathleen LeRoi
 

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The problem I see is now manufacturers will start using new paraben-alternative ingredients which have not been time tested. Over time we will discover how safe these new ingredients really are. Unfortunately it's we the customers that end up being the guinea pigs.
 

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Kathleen is right. All natural/organic products are not regulated by the FDA. Just because its natural, doesn't mean it can't harm your skin. Poison Ivy is natural, but would you rub that on your face?

But I agree, most natural/organic products are probably better than their synthetic counterparts.
 

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Kathleen is right. All natural/organic products are not regulated by the FDA. Just because its natural, doesn't mean it can't harm your skin. Poison Ivy is natural, but would you rub that on your face?

But I agree, most natural/organic products are probably better than their synthetic counterparts.
Poison Ivy and other natural stuff can cause short term negative side effects, but at least they don't cause cancer like so many chemicals in our daily products.
 

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Poison Ivy and other natural stuff can cause short term negative side effects, but at least they don't cause cancer like so many chemicals in our daily products.
The chance of developing cancer from a skin care cream is close to 0%. Your skin does not absorb the ingredients into the blood stream and even if it did, the concentrations of preservatives is extremely small.
 

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In my personal opinion you're safe. Trust me, there are a lot more dangerous things around you. If you started throwing everything out that's around you that could cause cancer you wouldn't have anything else. Don't fall into the hype. Organic products aren't much better anyways.
 

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A 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (they run cosmeticdatabase.com) found pollution based toxins in umbilical cord blood.

link: medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/EnvironmentalHealth/1371
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The researchers found a total of 287 chemicals from the entire group including two chemicals that were banned in the 1970s and other chemicals used in gasoline, garbage treatment, power plants, the production of flame-resistant products, plastics, Teflon, and wood preservatives. Some of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and neurological impairment.


If environmental pollutants can seep into your skin and get to the umbilical cord of unborn babies, then why not the chemicals we put on our skin on a daily basis.

The Environmental Working Group also reported that 33% of personal care products have been linked to cancer, 45% are reported to be potentially harmful to our reproductive systems and/or fetal development and 60% have ingredients that can act like estrogens or disrupt hormones.

Yes, this is scary, but that is not my intent, I am trying to pass along the information I find.

When you think about it most people are exposing themselves to between 80 and 200 chemicals before they leave the house every day.
 

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I just found two more articles
One on parabens:
breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=1203361
One on pollutants:
breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=206137
 

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Hey,

Parabens are nasty little chemicals. Even though your products contain very little of them, they add up when your cleanser, toner, moisturizer, deoderant, hairspray (the list goes on) all have them. The best thing you can do is just read the ingredient list before you buy. There are lots of brands that are paraben free. Be careful though, because just because something says "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean it is, as others here have pointed out. There are no regulations for personal care products. Read the ingredients! My skin was so much clearer and soft when I switched to non toxic products. Good luck!
 

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I think that's a misnomer since there aren't any toxic skin care products on the market, aside from some possible crap coming from China. It is, as other have mentioned, a good idea to avoid certain chemicals, but like I said earlier, anything in great quantities is bad for you.
 
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