Parabens are found in breast cancer tissue; whether or not these are a side effect of the tumors or a cause of the tumors are unknown. Bottom line, will I throw away my makeup that contains parabens? No. Will I try to educate myself better before buying additional products? You bet. I don’t think it’s possible to avoid them entirely, nor do I think it’s necessarily, but I do think there are other options out there, and I can chose to purchase products without an ingreident that is questionsable.
Parabens are banned in Europe, which leads me to believe that they either know something we don’t, or they are also erring on the side of caution.
We just don’t have enough info on this yet, so I am trying to err on the side of caution.
If you are trying to avoid parabens you should know that the following brands DO contain parabens:
- Too Faced palettes
- Laura Geller baked eyeshadows (sob!)
- Wet N Wild
- most drugstore brands such as Revlon, Cover Girl, etc
- Urban Decay Naked Palette (really upset about this one), although – interesting, not the other eyeshadows
- some MAC
Brands that do not contain parabens:
- Josie Maran
- Bare Escentuals, including Ready