Why Are Parabens Used?

Consumer Voice - - Parabens -

The salts of the parabens have bac­te­ri­ci­dal and fungi­ci­dal prop­er­ties. They are used ex­ten­sively be­cause when they are added to a prod­uct, they pre­vent its de­com­po­si­tion. An ad­di­tional fac­tor is their re­sis­tance to the high tem­per­a­tures used in food pro­cess­ing. Apart from be­ing ef­fi­ca­cious preser­va­tives, they are cost-ef­fec­tive too. Nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring preser­va­tives are in­ef­fi­ca­cious com­pared to parabens.

While nu­mer­ous preser­va­tives are com­mer­cially avail­able, the ideal preser­va­tive is in­ex­pen­sive, has a long shelf life with broad an­timi­cro­bial cov­er­age, is com­pat­i­ble with other chem­i­cals, and is not ir­ri­tat­ing or toxic. Parabens meet many of these ex­pec­ta­tions and, there­fore, have be­come one of the most com­monly used preser­va­tives in cos­metic prepa­ra­tions and top­i­cal ther­a­peu­tics.

It is im­por­tant to do a sen­si­tiv­ity test be­fore you start us­ing any cos­metic prod­uct. The test is sim­ple. Ap­ply the new cos­metic to a small skin patch and then ob­serve any changes in the skin. The ob­ser­va­tion time may range be­tween 24 and 48 hours. If no change in the skin patch is ob­served, you can start us­ing the cos­metic.

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