Are parbens really that harmful?

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Are parbens really that harmful?

spineyogurt spineyogurt
If so why so many lubes use them?
04/13/2012
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wrmbreze wrmbreze
I think it is the kind of thing that it harms enough people, then others start to be wary of using it.
04/13/2012
interestingstuff interestingstuff
I have sensitive skin, and I was using a lube with parabens and thought it went bad or something until I realized that it was an allergic reaction. Burning sensation- not nice.
04/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
Parabens are only harmful to the people who are allergic to them. Just because my neighbor is allergic to peanuts does not mean peanuts are harmful to me.
04/14/2012
Taylor Taylor
Some people are allergic to them, so obviously that is a problem for them.

Using products with parabens consistently also increases the risk of certain types of cancer and can decrease sperm production in men. They can mimic hormones that are in the body (particularly estrogen) so that can throw things off over time.

Companies use them as preservatives in their products to give them a longer shelf life and also because it is less expensive than using other ingredients. It is one of those things where your dollar is your vote, and as long as people keep buying products with parabens, they will keep making them.
04/14/2012
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Taylor
Some people are allergic to them, so obviously that is a problem for them.

Using products with parabens consistently also increases the risk of certain types of cancer and can decrease sperm production in men. They can mimic hormones that are ...
I'm not sure about parabens decreasing sperm production, but there has been no scientific evidence that parabens result in cancer, particularly breast cancer. There was a study that detected parabens in breast tumors. However, a definitive relationship was not established and the study left many questions unanswered. Unfortunately, people read what they wanted to believe and so many believe exposure to parabens can result in cancer. While this may be true, there is still no definitive scientific evidence. Here is a helpful faq page by the FDA on parabens: link
04/14/2012
Gracie Gracie
They are bad for me because I have the burning reaction. I don't know how common this allergy is, but for everyone else it is a matter of choice.
04/14/2012
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