|Pink in honor of breast cancer awareness programs (Photo credit: beapen)|
Long term readers of my blog would know me as an anti-sunscreen
guy. I have seen a sunscreen that claimed to be paraben-free on the pack with three parabens
listed in the ingredients list. Parabens are ubiquitous cosmetic preservatives
but known to have a low but significant association with breast cancer
. But a recent finding would make products with paraben even more disagreeable to cosmetic users. A study showed that parabens have adipogenic potential, or in other words it can increase body fat
! This potential increases with the length of alkyl chain making ethyl paraben
more adipogenic than methyl paraben
. Aromatic chain further augments this property making benzyl paraben the most adipogenic paraben.
I don't know how the main stream cosmetic industry is going to counter this. But if you don't have a weighing scale
near your mirror, don't say I didn't warn you!
The article is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22956630
Labels: Breast cancer, Cosmetic, Ethylparaben, Health, Methylparaben, Paraben, Pigmentation, skin cancer, Sunscreen