Today, we’re more aware than ever about how important it is to look after our skin and make sure the CBD fragrance, perfume, and skincare products we use are free from harmful chemicals.
Parabens have been under the spotlight for nearly two decades as people question whether they pose a risk to our health or not.
But are parabens bad for you? We have got stuck into the research for you to find out whether you should keep or ditch the parabens in your products.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben. All of these were at one time the most widely used group of preservatives used in cosmetics. Parabens were so popular because of their gentle, non-sensitizing, and highly effective profile in comparison to other preservatives but also because they were derived naturally from plants, a rare phenomenon for a preservative.
Commonly found in cannabis balms and lotions, parabens preserve the shelf life of a product. But they can mimic estrogen in the body and throw off its hormonal balance, without you even realizing it’s coming from what you applied from head to toe after a shower. Parabens have also been linked to breast cancer.
A great way to avoid cannabis topicals with parabens is to read the reviews of the products before buying them. Although the shelf life may be shorter than a product containing a chemical preservative, it is much safer for the skin. For example, if you’re buying from a company like Max, you’ll want to read reviews about Max Wellness before buying any CBD products from them.
Utilizing products low in moisture content also avoids the need for extra preservatives. Oil-based products generally have a longer shelf life naturally. Vitamin E, vitamin C, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil have all been used as natural anti-oxidizers and can all be found in organic versions. These vitamins and oils are natural antioxidants, meaning they prevent the oxidation of the carrier oils and herbs, thereby preserving them.
What Kinds of Products Contain Parabens?
Parabens are used in a wide variety of cosmetics, as well as in foods and drugs. Cosmetics that may contain parabens include makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving products, among others. Many major brands of deodorants do not currently contain parabens, although some may.
Cosmetics sold to consumers in stores or online must have a list of ingredients, each listed by its common or usual name. This is important information for consumers who want to find out whether a product contains an ingredient they wish to avoid. Parabens are usually easy to identify by their name, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or ethylparaben.
Why You Should Avoid CBD Products with Parabens
When you use a product with parabens, your body can absorb it via your skin. The CDC has even tested peeps urine to find levels of methylparaben and propylparaben in the body, especially in women who use more paraben-containing products.
The big question though is if that’s dangerous. Here’s what science has found on the biggest beefs with parabens.
Parabens are known endocrine disruptors, which means they can trick the body into believing they’re a hormone. If this causes a hormone imbalance, the body can run into trouble.
In animal studies, the parabens propyl-, isopropyl- and isobutylparabens were found to mimic the hormone estrogen. This in turn disrupted hormone signals and even harmed female rat reproductive development.
But we have to keep in mind these are based on lab studies, not human use. In fact, some human studies have conflicting results.