Paraben are commonly and widely used synthetically-produced preservatives in cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceutical products. Many commercially produced shampoos, lotions, creams, gels, makeup, etc. use parabens and their salts as preservatives. They are used for their antibacterial and fungicidal properties. They are low-cost and easily available and hence, replaced natural alternatives.
Methylparaben and benzethonium chloride are commonly seen included in various commercial products. Products containing methylparaben when applied on the skin and exposed to sun as react with ultraviolet rays and cause skin damage and DNA damage.
Although, there is no conclusive evidence that parabens directly lead to cancer or other disorders, there are telling investigative results on how parabens are being processed and their presence in various conditions.
In a study conducted at University of Reading in 2004, parabens were present in 18 out of 20 samples of tissue from breast tumour biopsies, calling for indepth investigation into the relation parabens might have in the growing number of breast cancer diagnoses.
In another study, volunteers applied paraben-containing lotion and a few hours later their urine contained parabens. Since this indicates that parabens were absorbed and excreted, there are possible health risks associated with the use of parabens. Four parabens were found in various concentrations (Methyl paraben – 99.1% of persons, Propyl paraben – 92.7% of persons, Ethyl paraben – 42.4% of persons, Butyl Paraben – 47% of persons) in the urine of participants of a survey conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. in 2005-2006.
With multiple personal care products used by a single individual on a daily basis, the collective effect of parabens contained in them on their body systems need to be studied and decisive evidence obtained.
Consumers now feel it is better to be safe than sorry and opt for paraben-free products. More users are switching to products that provide this safer option.
Medimix offers paraben-free liquid handwashes in two variants – herbal and sandal. Medimix, known for herbal handmade soaps that remedy skin problems, brings the same gentle formulation in their handwashes, without parabens. They contain natural herbs with proven skincare benefits and do not leave you feeling stripped of moisture. Medimix handwashes imparts fragrances of pure oils that are gentle on your skin. You can keep your hands germ-free, the safe way.