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Doctor insights on: Paraben Side Effects

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What are the effects of using a icy gel moisturiser containing methyl paraben for the face?

What are the effects of using a icy gel moisturiser containing methyl paraben for the face?

Possibly nothing!: Although you may have no reaction other than the desired moisturizer of your skin using this product, preservatives such as methyl paraben are well known for their potential to cause allergic contact dermatitis which can manifest as an itchy inflamed rash on the area in contact as well as other areas of the body, too. This second reaction is called an id reaction. If you are not allergic, no rash. ...Read more

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Is it true that its bad that there are parabens in skin products?

Is it true that its bad that there are parabens in skin products?

Controversy: exists over the safety of parabens in cosmetics. There is no good scientific evidence that parabens increase the risk of cancer(s). Parabens are considered safe based on their long term use and safety record. There is evidence that parabens may react with UVB light from sun exposure resulting in increased skin aging and damage. ...Read more

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What's a good paraben free cleanser wipe for the skin? I was using pure and clear but they stopped making it. Can I please have specific answer?

What's a good paraben free cleanser wipe for the skin? I was using pure and clear but they stopped making it. Can I please have specific answer?

No good ones but..: All cleanser wipes have some toxic ingredients but Aveeno (oatmeal) Ultra Calming may be least toxic and does not have parabens- see http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=makeup+wipes I advise using oils such as olive, almond and coconut oils to remove makeup instead. See http://eleganceandbeautyreviews.com/the-best-and-organic-way-to-remove-makeup/ ...Read more

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Should I be worried about parabens and phthalates in skincare products for babies?

Should I be worried about parabens and phthalates in skincare products for babies?

Yes: Both parabens and phthtalates are chemicals found in cosmetic, skincare and other products for babies that can influence endocrine systems as disruptors. The precautionary principle dictates that we act to avoid these products and find alternatives given the possibility of harm. ...Read more

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Are parabens actually a fake hormone? Would it effect a womens menstraul cycle?

Are parabens actually a fake hormone? Would it effect a womens menstraul cycle?

It's possible: The jury is still out on chemicals deemed endocrine disruptors. Parabens are in this category. They can act like estrogen. The studies that have been done so far were using very high doses in lab animals. The big question is do the tiny doses we get from cosmetics, lotion, shampoo etc add up? Hopefully we will have a better answer soon. There are more and more products that are paraben free now. ...Read more

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Please tell me if parabens are dangerous?

Controversial: Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are considered very safe by some and which have come under attack recently by others. This may be an issue of opinion. ...Read more

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Why shampoos containing SLS and parabens must be avoided ?

Why shampoos containing SLS and parabens must be avoided ?

They are toxic to ce: They are toxic to certain bacteria, so they alter your normal micro flora. As a treatment for dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, this becomes irrelevant. OTC shampoos which will probably help if used at least. 3x a day (5x is OK) include. Zinc pyrethione (head& shoulders, DHS Zn), selenium sulfide (Selsun, Head &shoulders), salicylic acid (TSal, DHS SAL). If this fails, there are prescriptions. U ...Read more

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What does the most recent research indicate about a correlation between parabens and cancer growth?

What does the most recent research indicate about a correlation between parabens and cancer growth?

Potential carcinogen: Parabens or para hydroxy benzines are found in cosmetics, food preserves, many day to day products are implicated in genesis of carcinomas though definite scientific evidences is still lacking. High concentrations are found in breast cancer tissue, has estrogen like activity , contributes endocrine disruption, & may cause dna breakdown possibly skin aging. ...Read more

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If you had to recommend a makeup brand to wear free or less of dangerous chemicals and parabens etc. What brands would you suggest? Thanks dr.

If you had to recommend a makeup brand to wear free or less of dangerous chemicals and parabens etc. What brands would you suggest? Thanks dr.

Mineral makeup best: With acne prone skin, many use thick covering foundation to disguise acné. This can make acné worse. Use a mineral based makeup lightly applied snd make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin a night with a light acid wash at night and consider adding a retinoid. ...Read more