Parabens are chemical compounds used as preservatives in a wide range of products such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and more.
Parabens are found in nearly every type of personal care/beauty product. Scientific studies suggest that parabens can increase cancer risk, disrupt hormones, and cause issues in fertility/reproductive organs. Skin irritation is also a concern. Some studies have found parabens in a majority of urine samples in U.S. adults.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) banned the use of the following five parabens in cosmetics in 2015:
The same five parabens were also banned in the EU in 2015.
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 Chemical Watch. ASEAN Annex II to include ban on 5 parabens. (2015). https://www.hsa.gov.sg/docs/default-source/hprg-cosmetics/annexes-of-the-asean-cosmetic-directive-(updated-july-2019).pdf
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