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Why are parabens so harmful and why you should avoid them in your skin and hair care products?

Parabens are a group of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) commonly used as preservatives in some cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. They have been widely used for several decades due to their ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, thus extending the shelf life of products.

The concern surrounding parabens arises from their potential to mimic estrogen, a hormone naturally produced in the human body. Studies have suggested that parabens can bind to estrogen receptors and disrupt the endocrine system in both females and males, which regulates various bodily functions, including reproduction, development, and metabolism. Scientific evidence regarding the harmful effects of parabens is confusing and controversial. While some studies have reported a link between parabens and health issues such as breast cancer and reproductive disorders, other studies have found the levels of parabens found in cosmetic products are too low to cause harm. To add to this confusion, most studies have looked at one paraben and don't really address the cumulative effect of the use of many products and exposures that contain them. Parabens are also linked to environmental damage by coming off humans while swimming at the beach, killing coral reefs.

Regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel have assessed the safety of parabens and concluded that they are generally safe for use in cosmetics at the levels currently permitted. Nonetheless, due to public concerns and the precautionary principle, some companies have chosen to reformulate their products to be paraben-free. Rest assured, all the YovinoMD Beauty products are all free of parabens.

If you have specific health concerns or questions about the use of parabens, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice.


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