Parabens and skin care products
Parabens are used as a preservative in skin care products. Almost all skin care products contain preservatives because otherwise they would grow bacteria, yeasts and moulds – something none of us want. I think the question is which preservatives are the safest.
I don’t know of any "organic" preservatives that really work. And, many of the other preservatives used are "formaldehyde releasing" preservatives which seem worse to me and have a higher chance of causing allergic reactions. On the top 10 list of chemicals that cause skin problems, there were 5 other preservatives, but not a single paraben.
Sometimes I think this is a lesser of several evils issue. So my sense is that the parabens in the very small amounts in most skin care products are safer than most of the others. Not a very satisfactory answer , I know!! If anyone out there knows of an organic, fabulous preservative that really works, please write me.