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What-it-does: preservative
Irritancy: 0
Comedogenicity: 0


The most common type of feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason parabens. It's a cheap, effective and well-tolerated ingredient to make sure the cosmetic formula does not go wrong too soon

Apart from the general controversy around parabens (we wrote about it more here), there is a 2006 in-vitro (made in the lab not on real people) research about methylparaben (MP) showing that when exposed to sunlight, MP treated skin cells suffered more harm than non-MP treated skin cells. The study was not done with real people on real skin but still - using a good sunscreen next to MP containing products is a good idea. (Well, in fact using a sunscreen is always a good idea. :))

Show me some proof

  • Toxicology, Volume 227, Issues 1–2, 3 October 2006, Pages 62–72, Methylparaben potentiates UV-induced damage of skin keratinocytes

Products with Methylparaben

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