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EU Committee Thinks Parabens May Be Safe

EU Commission Finds Parabens (Mostly) Safe

Over the last few years, there's been a lot of back and forth about parabens, especially their possible effects as reproductive hormone disruptors. Now, the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has released an opinion suggesting that, according to the available data, "systemic exposure from typical cosmetic use scenarios will be negligible."

The committee found that, at least with respect to the current model, only about one percent of butyl- and propyl-parabens put on skin actually gets into your system without breaking down. However, they also requested that a skin metabolism study be conducted, since none of the current data is totally conclusive. Basically, they're taking a tentative step toward saying that parabens are safe, which would be nice since they're in so many products. But is "we think it's probably OK" enough of an assurance for consumers?

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hazelberry hazelberry 6 years
@classicmom That's exactly how I feel!
classicmomstyle classicmomstyle 6 years
I think it's reassuring to a degree. For instance, although I wear a little makeup everyday, that doesn't always include my paraben-containing products like shadows or blush. I've gone paraben free with products that I use very regularly and over large surface areas (like body lotions, face washes, powders, etc.) But for areas of smaller application and/or less frequent usage, I think this report is enough to make reassure me that a *little* paraben exposure is no big deal. I'll keep my MAC products without fear ;)
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