Parabens are chemicals that are added to cosmetics, medicines, cleaning products. You can find them in the ingredient list on the product under methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or benzylparaben. They are added as a preservative , inhibiting the growth of fungi and bacteria so that they cannot spread in the product. By adding a preservative, the products can be stored for longer and are active for longer.
Parabens have been used for decades, but in recent years there has been more and more fuss about the use of these ingredients. And the cosmetic market responded only too eagerly. Labels appeared everywhere claiming “Paraben-free” . As a result, the image of the parabens has fallen sharply. Today they are considered bad or dangerous although they are very effective as preservatives.