The Danish ban on parabens in skincare products for children. The worrying thing is that parabens are still found in many children’s skincare products, not to mention those in adult products as well –
Denmark’s environmental ministry announced on Dec. 20 that it will ban parabens in lotions and other cosmetic products for children under 3. It is the first European country to ban the chemical preservative, which is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, and is used in a variety of soaps, deodorants and other beauty products.
The ban affects two types of parabens: propylparaben and butylparaben.
Many environmental health groups advocate the removal of parabens from consumer goods because of some animal evidence that they can act like estrogen in the body, causing health problems. According to the David Suzuki Foundation:
Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. They have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.