• Anna Solana, science journalist

    Are parabens dangerous?

    26 Nov

    Although many scientists deny the health risks and consider parabens to be irreplaceable, the alarm has sounded. France even wants to ban parabens by law. The cosmetics industry is beginning to develop paraben-free formulations.


    The alarm was raised in 2004 when the Journal of Applied Toxicology published a study by Dr. Philippa Darbre and co-workers from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading (United Kingdom). The study pointed to the high paraben levels in tissue samples from 18 breast tumours, indicating the possible influence on oestrogen activity of parabens, chemicals used as preservatives in the food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries. Read More