Finding Paraben free products online can be a little tricky, and knowing what’s in your skin care products, shampoos and conditioners is very important if you have sensitive skin. If you do have sensitive skin, you spend most of your time looking very carefully at the backs of bottles in the supermarkets and checking very carfully before you use a new product for the first time.

Here at Alison Claire Natural Beauty, we know how you feel and that’s why our range of products does not contain any of those irritant chemicals.  To help our blog readers find out a little bit more about Parabens we have written a short guide on Paraben free products, what Parabens are and some scientific evidence to back up why you should be using Paraben free products.

Parabens - The facts

The Top 5 parabens found in body care products include;

All the above Parabens link to their Wikipedia pages, where you can find out more about these specific Parabens. 

Parabens are used in many body care products such as shampoos and skin care products to help to preserve them. Parabens found in these types of products will stop the products going mouldy and fight off bacteria. 

The biggest concern with manufactures of beauty product companies using Parabens in skin care and beauty products is that Parabens have the ability to mimic the female hormone oestrogen. 

Paraben Free Products

When you apply Paraben based creams or shampoos to your body some of the Parabens are then absorbed by the body and make their way into the blood stream. This is where the danger can arise as excess oestrogen is thought to stimulate cancer growth and there is some scientific evidence to link between cancer found in breast tissue and Parabens.

In 2004 a senior lecturer in Oncology at the University of Reading produced a study that showed that eighteen out of twenty samples of cancerous cells found in breast tissue contained traces of Parabens. 

Now, it is important to state here that Philippa Darbres study does not prove that Parabens cause cancer, but thanks to her study it started the ball rolling into the usage of them. 

On her Reading University page Philippa states that;

"The central role of oestrogen in breast cancer poses serious unanswered questions concerning the role of the many environmental chemicals which possess oestrogenic activity and which can enter the human breast. In the modern world, the breast is exposed to numerous oestrogenic compounds through diet, the domestic environment and use of cosmetic products."

Quote: Reading University 

As you can imagine the results of her study sparked debate between the leading manufacturers of products that do contain Parabens and people like us in the natural beauty industry. Of course we cannot force you to avoid using them all together and only choose Paraben free products, but you can rest assured that we have avoided using them altogether in our product range. 

If you do have any specific questions about the ingredients found in any of our products, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to answer your questions. 

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