As you wash your hair or put on your makeup, the last thing you are likely worried about is whether your favourite shampoo or foundation is going to cause cancer.
But, guess what? New studies show that a whopping 99 percent of all breast cancer cells contain parabens—chemicals known, without a doubt, to be linked to cancer. (1)
The most common of these chemicals are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben, all of which are used as preservatives in such things as your hair-care products (shampoos, conditioners, gels etc.), makeup, moisturizers (both face and body), as well as most shaving creams and gels. (2)
And despite the fact that a few brands of antiperspirants and deodorants do not contain parabens, most also contain aluminum, which is further linked to breast cancer (3) as well as Alzheimer’s disease. (4)
While you may prefer the enticing aroma of your beauty products, the problem with parabens is that they have “estrogen-like” properties, and as countless studies show, excessive estrogen is irrefutably linked to the development of breast cancer. (5)
When your body is exposed to chemicals that mimic the properties of estrogen, you can experience a situation known as “estrogen dominance,” which can lead to such things as reduced muscle mass, extra fat storage (especially in the belly area), and in men, what is known as male gynecomastia (breast growth) to name only a few of the growing number of issues caused by too much estrogen in both men and women. (6,7)
In the many studies that now link parabens to breast cancer, what is noteworthy is that most of the chemicals are actually found in the breast tissue closest to the underarm (the axilla quadrant) of the breast, which is also where cancerous tumors are typically found. It is no coincidence this area is also where you typically apply deodorant and antiperspirants.