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Parabens

What-it-does: preservative

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Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard of parabens. Until about 10 years ago they were the most commonly used preservatives, as they are non-irritating, very effective, and cheap. 

Then 2004 came and a research paper came out that tested 20 human breast tumors and found parabens in all of them. This was before the era of social media (btw, it's the year Facebook was founded) but this research still managed to go viral and caused parabens to become the evil, cancer-causing preservative in people's head.

Cosmetic companies do want to do what we want to buy and as we did not want to buy products, containing parabens anymore, they started to use alternatives, like the current IT-preservative, phenoxyethanol. It's much easier to replace parabens than trying to go into lengthy explanations about why the 2004 research is misunderstood and how there are lots of data showing that parabens are totally ok.

As people got so interested, the FDA wrote a little article about parabens stating, " (the)FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens."

We think the above is pretty much the gist of the topic but if you feel like reading about parabens all day today, here is a handy list for you to get you started: 

Products with Parabens

Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera Gel SunSense Moisturising Daily Face Spf 50+ Sunscreen Banana Boat Sport SPF 50+ LION Pair Acne Cream W QV Flare Up Cream Cancer Council Sport Pump SPF 50+ Le Tan SPF 50+ Coconut Sunscreen Maxi Block Essential Dry Touch Lotion SPF 50+ Natio Ageless Daily Moisturiser UV Protection SPF 30+ Natio Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Spf 50 QV Ego Face Day Cream SPF 30 + Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion Ego Sunsense Face Ultra Light Tint BioAqua Pure Skin Acne Series - Facial Wash VIBRANT GLAMOUR 2Pcs Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum Curél Sebum Trouble Care Moisture Facial Lotion Meco Pearl Cream Curél Sebum Trouble Care Sebum Care Moisture Gel Rohto Mentholatum Acnes Face Wash Curél Intensive Moisture Care Wrinkle Moisture Essence NIHONZAKARI Komenuka Bijin Deep Moisture Jell Cream Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Lotion Enaskin Dark Spot Corrector Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Shirojyun Cream Hada Labo Rohto Mentholatum - Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Milky Lotion Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Essence Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Concentration Measures Toner Meditamu 10% Urea Cream Rosette Aqua Ceramide Gel Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Emulsion (Japan Version) Kumano Cosme Deve Cleansing Oil Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Deep Whitening Cream Shiseido 10% Urea Hand & Legs Cream Shisheido Urea Body Milk Solanie Redness Neutralizer KLM Ekran Aqua Gel Sunscreen SPF30 Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Jelly Essence