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Should I Be Concerned About Parabens?
PreservativesChemical preservatives have made for a somewhat controversial topic due to confusing and conflicting information being distributed online, in print and by word of mouth. Although unfounded and unproven, chemical preservatives have been suspected by some consumer groups of contributing to certain health problems such as infertility and cancer.

Parabens are the most common kinds of chemical preservatives found in personal and beauty care items and occur in various forms such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben and isobutylparaben. Parabens are added to products for the purpose of increasing shelf life and therefore maintaining the efficacy of products and also to inhibit microbial growth, which can cause infection. It is usually parabens that allow for an extended expiration date with common skin care items.

A substantial amount of research has been performed and will continue in order to assess the safety of parabens. While the Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the studies and stands behind its findings that parabens are safe for most consumers when used in low doses, a small percentage of the population does experience sensitivity and irritation from products containing these common chemical preservatives. There are also those who worry about the effects of chemicals on their skin and choose to avoid parabens along with other common chemicals found in beauty care products.

With the introduction of natural skin care products, it has become easier for consumers to avoid parabens. If you are in search of products that do not contain parabens, here is a sampling of skin care companies that may be of interest to you.

Boscia is a Japanese company that is dedicated to preservative-free skin care and has developed a complete line of products geared towards sensitive-skinned and concerned consumers wanting to avoid parabens.

Purlisse has combined the best of French dermatological advances with ancient Chinese beauty secrets to deliver a skin care line intended for dry and sensitive types.

Juice Beauty has selected certified organic ingredients to achieve effective results for all skin concerns. Products for every skin type are available from Juice Beauty.

Everyone should understand that natural preservatives are not as effective as parabens and so it′s extra important to be diligent about storing chemical-free products properly and discarding them according to the manufacturer′s instructions.

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