Parabens are a group of synthetic chemical compounds that have been used as preservatives in various skincare products and pharmaceuticals for several decades. Parabens prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast, which helps to extend their shelf life and ensure that the active ingredients remain effective and safe for use. But, concerns around long-term effects on health including hormone disruption, breast cancer and reproductive issues have led many consumers to look for paraben-free alternatives in their skincare products.


INCI (Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, etc.)


Parabens are synthetic compounds created through chemical synthesis in laboratories. They are not naturally derived from plants, animals or any specific organic sources.


Parabens are generally well-tolerated on skin and have a long history of use in skincare products. Concerns have been raised around the long-term exposure and potential health risks including hormone disruption, breast cancer and reproductive issues among others.


Parabens themselves do not provide specific skincare benefits for skin. Instead, they are primarily used as preservatives in skincare and cosmetic products to maintain the safety and shelf life of these products.