1 Parabens: Preservative for Products but Not Human Health Creams for the skin and lotions for the body became essential in our generation. Such products are placed in small containers. However, several germs spread to these containers while people are applying the cream, specifically with unwashed hands before this application. Also, the following containers create a suitable environment for bacterial growth due to the presence of water and other chemicals in them, and their storage in warm conditions. For the reason being, it is necessary to take extra measures to prevent the cream from spoiling. To reduce the germs that may accumulate in such a product, and also attain a higher shelf life, preservatives are added to these products. Interestingly, Parabens, a type of preservatives, is often used in cosmetic products. Nevertheless, Parabens are viewed and analyzed extensively concerning their effect on health. Articles on the estrogenic effects of parabens are also published in media and are then related to suppositions regarding men's fertility issues and the development of breast cancer in females (The DailyMail, 2012). With regard to the properties and the effects of Parabens, parabens are homologous para hydroxybenzoic acid esters. The composition of the alkyl radicals of the various members of this drug class just varies (Garner, Siol, &Eilks, 2012). Structure of various Parabens
2 Parabens are small crystalline compounds, translucent and odorless. There is a strong taste at levels above 0.08%. This color is often referred to as metallic. Furthermore, use is restricted in food at higher concentrations. Parabens, though, are odorless, do not discolor cosmetic products and are cheap to produce. Parabens are important conservators that function well in a broad range of pHs from 4.5 to 7.5. Parabens are hydrolysis resistant and are stable molecules when placed in the necessary temperature levels to manufacture cosmetics. The good external consistency coupled with rather low production costs clarifies why parabens are used so much (Davidson, Sofos and Branen, 2005).
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- Fall '16
- Wassim Shebaby
- Chromatography, Paraben