Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben & Heptylparaben)

 

A family of preservatives commonly used in mainstream skincare products to prevent growth of bacteria, molds and yeast.

They mimic and interfere with estrogen production and, as estrogen exposure is a primary influence on development of breast cancer, they are considered carcinogenic.

Since they inhibit bacterial growth in cosmetic products, they also kill the natural flora on our skin and in our gut, allowing bad bacteria to flourish with a vengeance.