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What are Parabens? And Are They Harmful?

We hear a lot of talk about the science inside our beauty and haircare products, specifically parabens, and you might be wondering what they are exactly? And more importantly are they harmful?

So let's break it down - parabens are a type of synthetic preservative commonly used in many personal care and cosmetic products, including shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and makeup. They are added to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast, essentially to extend the shelf life of the product. But, concern has been raised about the potential for parabens to be absorbed into the scalp and hair follicles, and whether this could have any adverse effects.

Used in personal care products since the 1950s, parabens are considered to be safe in low concentrations by many regulatory bodies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union.

However, some studies have suggested that parabens may have the potential to disrupt hormonal function, leading to concerns about their safety. Specifically, parabens have been found to mimic estrogen in the body, which can interfere with the body's hormonal balance. Some studies have suggested that this could potentially increase the risk of certain health issues, such as breast cancer, although the evidence is still inconclusive and more research is needed.

As a result of these concerns, many consumers have chosen to avoid personal care products that contain parabens, and there has been a growing trend toward using paraben-free products. Some companies have also chosen to reformulate their products to remove parabens and use alternative preservatives instead.

So as you can see the safety of parabens in hair products is a topic of ongoing research and debate. As such some people choose to avoid products that contain parabens, particularly if they have a history of sensitivity or allergies to certain ingredients. If you are concerned about the safety of parabens in hair products, you can look for products that are labeled as paraben-free, or choose to use natural hair care products that are free from synthetic preservatives.

At AOB products our hair care line is not only paraben-free, but also silicone-free and sulphate-free.

What are your thoughts on parabens? We'd love to hear in the comments...


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