Why Parabens Should Be Avoided

Why Parabens Should Be Avoided

Parabens are a cheap preservative disturbingly common in skin care products. A preservative is a naturally occurring or synthetically produced substance that is added to products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, paints, biological samples, wood, etc. to prevent decomposition.  In laymans terms, adding parabens to a product keeps it from spoiling/going bad.  While this is a good thing for the product, this is not so good for the human body.  Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors, they have shown the ability to mimic estrogen, and studies indicate they may react to UVB for increased skin aging and DNA damage.

Do you see why it’s important to avoid them?

Parabens are not the only preservative, but it is very dangerous even though it is still commonly used.

CURLS Target & Walmart Products

CURLS Target & Walmart Products

One product line that I enjoy using who is Paraben free is the CURLS hair collection.

Instead of using Parabens they use the preservative Phenoxyethanol. This preservative keeps your hair products from decomposing while on the shelf. As someone who uses lots of various products, I can appreciate a company who continues to maintain the highest standards for quality ingredients and product dependability.  It makes you feel like they aren’t all about the money, but actually care about their customers.

Some of my favorite CURLS products include the Curls Cream Brule & Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, the CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner and the CURLS Coconut Sublime.


About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Nikole

    *Parabens do occur in nature
    *Naturally-occurring parabens have similar preservation properties as
    synthetic parabens; indeed, they are present in these plants to help
    them defend themselves against various micro-organisms
    * Most plants that have been tested for the presence of
    naturally-occurring parabens contain specifically methylpraraben and
    sometimes etyhlparaben (remember parabens are a family of various
    *Other plants known to contain naturally-occurring parabens include: blueberries, carrots, olives, strawberries

    • queenbee9

      Well said!! I worked in Parenteral Pharmaceuticals (IV drugs) for years and can tell you that the use of parabens as STABILIZERS as well as preservatives is common. They are not the devil and in fact without them many medications would not last long or could actually harm us.

      Products that go bad can cause damage or illnesses that much sooner and nastier than possible carcinogenic qualities. Knowledge is a powerful thing, we have to make sure when we dispense it that we cover all the bases and not just give one point of view or become alarmists. There is a lot of misinformation and incomplete information out there and many do not know that what they are reading is not the complete story.

      The article above was well intentioned and good but your points made it BETTER and more complete–THANK YOU for the additional information!

  • Gail

    I was about to say. Parabens used in cosmetics in no way causes cancer. The amount used in cosmetics are too minimal. The study conducted was nit conclusive in this respect.