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The effects of Parabens

By October 20, 2017Skincare

All personal care products that contain water, like creams, lotions and gels, need to be preserved so they don’t grow harmful organisms like bacteria, yeast and mold.

As cosmetic regulatory consultant David Steinberg says, “Remember, Preservatives are Safer than Bacteria™” [1]. Without preservatives, each skin care product would have a shelf life of merely a few days.

Parabens are some of the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and have been widely used in products to prevent microbial growth since the 1950s. They are also used as fragrance ingredients but are not listed on the label since fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets. Parabens are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, from which their name is derived.

Parabens easily penetrate into the skin and bloodstream and can be detected in urine [2,3]. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that they interfere with hormone function [4].

The Goal at AlumierMD 

The goal at AlumierMD is to create safe and effective formulations using unquestionably safe and effective preservative systems. In light of their studies, AlumierMD does not use parabens in their products.

To find out more about AlumierMD and how it can help you combat the effects of pollution book a consultation and find out more


David Steinberg of Steinberg and Associates, Cosmetic & Topical OTC Drug Compliance Experts, NJ, USA.

Calafat AM et al. Urinary Concentrations of Four Parabens in the U.S. Population: NHANES 2005–2006. Environ Health Perspective 2010;118(5)679-85.

Ye X et al. Parabens as urinary biomarkers of exposure in humans. Environmental Health Perspectives 2006;114:1843-1846.

DHI Water and Environment. Study on Enhancing the Endocrine Disrupter Priority List with a Focus on Low Production Volume Chemicals. Revised Report to DG Environment. Hersholm, Denmark: DHI, 2007.