Skin Inc. just published a great article about the paraben controversy. The article, entitled The Truth About Parabens , does a great job of breaking down the controversy, the research, and the options consumers and estheticians have in regards to this issue.
Though I already covered this issue in a post back in February, once I read this article I decided that it was well worth sharing with my readers. The authors of the piece, Carol and Rob Trow, succinctly and thoroughly go through the different studies that raised consumer fears about parabens, and the authors also cite the opinions of The American Cancer Society, the FDA, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, and the Scandinavian Society of Cosmetic Chemists about the paraben issue.
I found that the final section of the article did a great job of summing up the controversy and the options skincare professionals and consumers have when it comes to buying products with parabens:
A large number of consumer groups and environmental organizations are questioning the current research that attests to the safety of parabens in cosmetics. There is reasonable evidence that there is estrogenicity in parabens, both natural and synthetic, but the relevance of this link to breast cancer is tenuous without more research, which is urgently needed.
Spa professionals should educate their clients using the facts about parabens. After that, let clients make their own choices. Carry the best and most efficacious products, and consider carrying a line that does not contain parabens if you believe it will meet your clients’ needs.
There is no way to end the controversy about the safety of parabens without objective, controlled, double-blind research into the matter, which has yet to be published. The debate continues.
Obviously there will be much more to report about the whole issue of parabens in the future – stay tuned and stay educated.