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What Are Parabens? Are They Really Bad For Your Skin?

With new ingredients flooding the market every day, we have now become conscious about what we put on our skin. ‘Paraben-free’ has become a buzzword, and more and more people are scanning the beauty aisles to pick products that do not contain parabens. What are parabens? Do they cause harm to your health? Do you need to avoid them? Find answers to all these questions in this article.

What Are Parabens?

Parabens are a group of chemical preservatives that are widely used in cosmetic products. From commercially available moisturizers, shampoos, and serums to creams, lotions, and toothpastes – almost all cosmetic products contain parabens. Parabens prevent the growth of bacteria and molds in the product. Products containing parabens can last for months and even years.

The most commonly used parabens include: