Parabens are essentially preservatives used in beauty products that help limit the development of bacteria, mold and yeast. The most commonly used parabens are methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl parabens, and they’re often found in moisturizers, foundations and anti-aging creams.
Over the years, parabens have gotten a pretty bad reputation, and while there still isn’t strong enough evidence that proves they’re extremely harmful to our health, the dermatologists we spoke to stay away from them.
“It certainly is a taboo ingredient, so for me it’s like, why take the risk?” Mark told HuffPost.
Nazarian explained that her reason for avoiding parabens isn’t simply health-related.
“I read a journal article about some bench research that was done in the past few years, and it showed there to be potential acceleration of skin aging,” she said. “I just know that, in terms of how much I’m putting on, and it’s in so many different products, that I wouldn’t even risk it for the slightest amount. I won’t do parabens.”
Jaber’s view was slightly more relaxed, but still, he said he avoids parabens and believes “it’s better to avoid them if you can find something that’s paraben-free.”