Our skin is home to bacteria, fungi and viruses that are called the skin microbiome. These microorganisms protect us from pathogens and help strengthen our immune system. This creates a barrier to invading microorganisms. When this barrier is broken or when the balance is disturbed, disease may result.
Many scientists have proposed that the introduction of chemicals that do not quickly breakdown in the environment are of concern. When used as a preservative, these chemicals act as a bactericide/ fungicide which may be harmful to humans and the environment.
For example, Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetic and body care products. Cosmetics contain ingredients that can spoil. Chemicals are added to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold to increase the shelf life of the product. The concern is that scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation. Parabens can also interfere with the production of hormones. The U.N. Environment Program has identified parabens as a group, including propyl- and butylparaben, as endocrine-disrupting chemicals or potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals (U.N. Environment 2017) A recent study by the CDC found:
In a recent study CDC scientists found Methylparaben and propylparaben in the urine of most of the people tested, indicating widespread exposure to these parabens in the U.S. population. Females had several-fold higher concentrations of methylparaben and propylparabens than males, which likely reflect the greater use of products containing parabens.
Europe has been in many ways ahead of the USA in banning some of these chemicals, however recently several large US based companies have pledged to remove “forever” chemicals from their products.
While a great deal is not yet understood, it is the position of Ceela Naturals that chemical preservatives, surfactants, and emulsifiers are not needed and potentially harmful in skin care products. So, we don’t use them.
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