Parabens and The FDASurprisingly, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) is not required to approve of ingredients that are added to the cosmetics that are being sold. The FD&C Act (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act) allows manufacturers to add any ingredients that they may like to a product except a handful, which due to regulations are prohibited.Of course though, even with a lenient set of regulations for the manufactures to follow, any contaminated ingredients which are those containing any poisonous or harmful substances that could possibly cause injury or harm are prohibited in products. Throughout the years there have been many reviews on the safety of parabens and these studies have concluded that we as consumers have nothing to worry about. The parabens are usually used at very low levels between 0.01% to 0.3% and can be used as high as 25% safely as studied by the Cosmetic Ingredients Review (CIR) in 1984. In 2004 a study had been published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology which found traces of parabens in breast tumors. But there were never levels of parabens to compare in normal tissue. That being said, the study didn’t show that parabens were a cause of cancer and in fact whether they are even harmful to the consumer at all. Throughout the years many panels had reopened these reviews trying to find out if there are any safety concerns with the use of parabens but at each review they found it is safe to use and established there is still no reason to change the current regulations.
The Bottom Line When It Comes To Parabens…We are a society that is scared and worried about many things from the effects of vaccines to eating non-organic foods and just like many other popular topics that may have you on the fence, ultimately it is a personal decision and what is right for you. With the FDA believing that there is nothing to cause concern and the amount of continuing research and evaluating data that will continue on, I personally feel safe using products containing parabens for myself and my family. The amount that is included in our products are so very low and are ‘fully metabolized before they enter the bloodstream’. Knowing this, it helps reassure me on my decision. There are so many different products, foods, ingredients and even activities that we still are determining what effects there will be in the long run but ultimately the FDA is created to keep us, the consumers, safe and out of harm’s way. I choose to trust not only the FDA but my good instinct in determining what is right for my family. There are several products and foods that are deemed ‘safe’ by the FDA that I would never consume or even allow my children to sample and I based those decisions on my gut instinct and my logic. These parabens are found in so many different products and there are some companies that have chosen to jump on the bandwagon and advertise paraben free products for those whom what to live a paraben-free lifestyle. I have purchased both items with parabens and also paraben-free products and they both work just as well. The biggest difference you will see between the two is the expiration date since paraben-free products will expire much quicker. Regardless if you decide to go paraben free or continue using the low amount of paraben in products, the bottom line is it’s a personal choice and it’s up to you and your good judgement to decide what’s best for you and your family.
Stephanie Ivonne is a New Jersey licensed Esthetician. Her fun-loving, outgoing personality will shine through her product selections & reviews to help you discover the hottest skincare and beauty products.
When Stephanie is not scouring the internet for the next hot skincare product, she is a mother to two wonderful biological children, a dedicated foster mom and is devoted to her husband of 13 years.