You know the whole “parabens are the devil” thing?
It’s total nonsense. I’ve debunked it all here.
But, there’s one thing I’ve forgotten to touch on. Formaldehyde.
Parabens, those little preservatives that keep your cosmetics safe from germs and bacteria, are often accused of releasing this nasty stuff.
Is that true or is it just the umpteenth thing parabens wrongly take the blame for?
Do parabens release formaldehyde?
What the heck is formaldehyde?
The stuff used to embalm dead bodies and preserve dead things. Yes, it’s gross. And toxic. And carcinogenic.
And your body’s making it, too.
I’m not kidding. Your body does produce a tiny amount of formaldehyde during essential metabolic processes. Like, when it makes certain amino acids.
We honestly couldn’t live if our body didn’t do that. But, that doesn’t mean formaldehyde is good. You may need the tiniest amount to survive but you don’t want to come into contact with more formaldehyde than you need to.
The good news? Parabens do NOT release formaldehyde. So, you can use them safely.Parabens don't release formaldehyde. But these other preservatives do: http://bit.ly/2eZhtHF
What Preservatives Do Release formaldehyde?
So, why do people think that parabens release formaldehyde?
Probably cos of their bad rep, they must have been added by mistake in the list of preservatives that DO release formaldehyde.
Now, these preservatives release only the tiniest amount. That’s more than enough to kill the germs and bacteria that, somehow, find their way into your lotions and potions. But, that’s not enough to kill you.
So, I guess we could say they’re safe.
Kind of. Because they’re very irritating. Especially if you have sensitive skin.
So, what preservatives do release formaldehyde?
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
Afraid you won’t remember them all? I’ve got you covered:
Do You Know Some Preservatives Release Formaldehyde?
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Should You Avoid Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives?
As I said, they won’t kill you. But, they may irritate your skin. I personally try to avoid them whenever possible because I think there are gentler alternatives around. And, if those exist, why not use them?
The Bottom Line
Parabens don’t release formaldehyde. But, other preservatives do. Grab the cheat sheet so you know what to REALLY avoid.
Do you use products with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, or do you prefer to stay away from them?
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