What are Parabens?


Parabens are synthetic, man made chemicals that are used as preservatives in many modern & commercial cosmetic products to increase the shelf life of a product since they prevent the growth of bacteria & fungus.

Chemically speaking Parabens are compounds of para-hydroxybenzoic acid that prevent the growth of microbes in chemical products.

Parabens are most commonly used in creams & lotions, shampoos & conditioners, facials & scrubs, shower gels & body wash gels and eye make-up and other eye care products.

Why are Parabens bad?

To begin with Parabens can be easily absorbed through the skin, blood & the digestive system. To make it worse the body’s metabolism is unable to break down the chemical and it stays in the system.

The chemical structure of Parabens is similar to the hormone Estrogen, excess of which is known to cause Breast Cancer & other Reproductive Toxicity & Disorders in women. In men, Parabens are known to adversely affect the secretion of Testosterone causing reproductive disorders.

Parabens are suspected to be associated with the following health issues.

  • Breast Cancers
  • Reproductive Toxicity & Disorders
  • Immune-toxicity
  • Neuro-toxicity
  • Other Genetic Issues
  • Skin Irritation

While the adverse effects of Parabens are still being debated by some.

  • They are used to kill bacteria and other organisms & hence must have some toxic properties
  • Traces of Parabens are found in biopsies of breast tumors in 90% cases
  • Its chemical make-up is similar to Estrogen which is known to cause cancers and disrupt reproductive systems without any doubt
  • Parabens are banned in some cosmetic products in Denmark

The above reasons are good enough to avoid them as risk is too high if the doubts are found to be true.

Who is effected the most?affected_by_parabens

If found true, the adverse effects of Parabens are equally harmful for all, they are especially most harmful to

  • Pregnant women

  • Children below the age of 5

This is because of the unusual hormonal activity of the above groups.

The entire Biobloom Baby Care Range is free from Parabens. Click Here to Buy Paraben Free Baby Products!

What to look for?

Not sure if your cosmetic & beauty care products contain Parabens? Look for ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben or any other ingredients ending with paraben.


Many companies are today making cosmetic & beauty care products without parabens. They are a little expensive since they have lower shelf lives than commercially viable products but are probably worth it.

The choice really is for you to make!

All Biobloom products are free from Parabens. Click Here to Buy Paraben Free Beauty Care Products.


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