Are Parabens Bad for You? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

February 1, 2020

Beauty products are more advanced than ever, which is great news when it comes to beating dark circles and breakouts. But with more advanced formulas come more complex ingredients, which is where things can get a little, well, murky—especially on the topic of parabens. While groundbreaking products developed by genius cosmetic scientists may sound like the thing we all need more of, there’s been some backlash when it comes to the growing number of synthetic ingredients used in the lotions and potions we slather on our bodies.

Parabens are currently taking a lot of that heat. But while we’ve all seen the influx of paraben-free labels in the beauty aisles, do you actually know what parabens are? Or why they’re seemingly so controversial? We chatted with Dr. Iris Rubin, dermatologist and Co-Founder of SEEN Hair Care, and Dr. Lisa Pruett, a board-certified dermatologist with U.S. Dermatology Partners, to break it down for us. From why parabens are in our cosmetics in the first place to why they’ve earned a bad rep in recent years, here’s your guide to everything you need to know about parabens.

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