Parabens in cosmetics considered dangerous, here are the facts - Although paraben-based products are commonly found in cosmetics, there is still a need to pay attention because in some people parabens can cause allergic reactions. Parabens are even suspected of triggering cancer.
The function of parabens in cosmetics
In the product package, parabens (para-hydroxybenzoate) may be written with names such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, 4-hydroxy methylbenzoic acid esters or methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate.
The function of parabens in cosmetics and skin cleansers is to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that can affect the quality of products and endanger consumers. Parabens also give the product a cooler appearance and not easily damaged.
In other industries, such as the food and pharmaceutical industry, parabens are also used to obtain similar benefits.
Possibility of allergic reactions due to the use of parabens
If you use cosmetics containing parabens, consider the possibility of an allergic reaction of the skin (allergic contact dermatitis), such as:
- Reddish eruption
- Dry and scaly
- Blistering or burning
To avoid allergic reactions related to the use of cosmetics, try to apply a small amount of product on the wrist and wait for the reaction within 48 hours. Also, avoid using products with parabens on the surface of the skin that are injured or have problems. For more safety, choose cosmetics without parabens (without parabens).
But if you have ever had an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately and consult a doctor.
The facts of parabens as causes of cancer
One study found traces of parabens in several samples of breast cancer cells. This then raises questions about the impact of using parabens on cancer risk.
Parabens have a chemical structure resembling estrogen, a hormone known to cause the multiplication of breast cells, normal cells and cancer cells. It's just that, studies that mention that parabens are a cancer trigger are still limited.
The study revealed only paraben content in the body of cancer patients, rather than showing the influence of parabens in triggering or triggering cancer.
The size of the study was also considered very small, only in dozens of women with breast cancer. In addition, parabens are also considered difficult to get into the body because they are easily removed through the urine.
Until now, paraben condoms contained in cosmetics were still considered safe to use. Food, drug and cosmetic control agencies in various countries, including BPOM, still allow the use of parabens within specified limits.
Although parabens are considered safe, you should be careful to use them, especially if you have a sensitive skin type or a history of allergies when using cosmetics. If you still have doubts about parabens, choose products or cosmetics without parabens. To ensure safety, you can consult your doctor further.