EC introduced measures against a portion of preservatives

The European Commission for Consumer Protection has adopted two measures restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products. The new rules on the safety of cosmetic products with the application start after 16 April 2015. the store shelves since then should no longer contain cosmetic products with the same two concentrations of paraben, propylparaben and butylparaben, as it was the case until then. The measure is aimed at reducing the risk and frequency of skin allergies.

- Preservatives play an important role in cosmetic products because they allow us to daily use of cosmetic products without pathogens. But we must ensure that preservatives ensure the maximum level of protection. With these measures, the consumers are provide a guarantee that their cosmetic products are safe - said the European Commissioner for Consumer Protection Neven Mimica.

The Commission Decision is based on the assessment of an independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, an advisory body that carried out a detailed assessment of the risks of substances before their recommendations restrictions or prohibitions.

The Commissions new measures limits the maximum concentration of two preservatives - propylparaben and butylparaben - and currently permissible limit of 0.4% when used alone and 0.8% when mixed with other esters of changes to 0.14% for both individual or combined usage.

Furthermore, the Commission prohibits the use of mixtures metilkloroizotiazolinona (and) Methylisothiazolinone (MCI / MI) in products that are not washed of, such as body cream. The measure is aimed at reducing the risk and the frequency of skin allergies. This preservative may still use for products are washed off, such as shampoos and shower gels and the maximum concentration of 0.0015% of a mixture in a ratio of 3: 1 to MCI / MI.

Without preservatives, cosmetic products have a very short shelf life and would generally be kept in the refrigerator. An insufficient amount of preservatives can't stop the growth of microorganisms which leads to the deterioration of the product, while too much can cause allergies, rashes, irritation, inflammation, dermatitis or other side effects. They are used in decorative cosmetics, powders, lipsticks, eye shadows, mascaras, blushes, as well as in preparative cosmetics, face creams and body, self-tanning products and baby creams. Propilpharaben is used in foods and toothpastes.

The Commission has also banned the use of the other five parabens in cosmetic products: isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, fenilparabena, benzylparaben and pentilparabena due to lack of data required for re-evaluation. Products placed on the market after 30 October 2014 can not contain these substances.


Natural cosmetics

Consider using a completely natural cosmetics that contains no parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and preservatives. Natural products may have a shorter shelf life, but are safe to use. Natural cosmetics should not contain mineral oils, silicones, paraffins, synthetic colors nor preservatives and should not be tested on animals!

Parabens as preservatives are represented not only in cosmetics but have wide application in the food, medications and pharmaceutical products. We are talking about the chemical properties of the estrogen which is a hormone that is involved in the development of breast cancer. According to research done by British molecular biologist Philippe Darbre, parabens have been linked to breast cancer. Her team found an average of 20 nanograms of parabens in a small sample of breast tumors. With the ability of parabens to mimic the action of the hormone estrogen, which has a proven role in the development of breast cancer, this discovery prompted scientists to warn of the harmful side of this chemical. The structure of paraben found suggested that these chemicals were applied to the skin and is absorbed as, for example, a deodorant, cream or spray for the body. Equally, it may explain the fact that one-fifth of cases of breast cancer go to those in the upper quadrant of the breast or the area closest to the armpit.

A study of Reading University examined the tissue of 40 women who between 2005 and 2008 were subjected to a mastectomy. Collecting 160 samples, or 4 of each of them, in 99 percent of the tissue one kind of paraben was found, while 60 percent are present even 5 types of the chemical preservatives.

But in spite of everything, the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCSS) after investigating the effects of parabens on hormonal processes, the creation of cancerous cells and their absorption in the body concluded that "systematic exposition of the impact of parabens through cosmetic product has a negligible impact on the body."

The use of parabens as preservatives and other cosmetics is regulated, the doses to be used in cosmetics dermatologically tested, but still remains unresolved question of the deposition in the body due to prolonged use.

On average, each of us daily used nine personal care products containing 126 different ingredients. Today's "security" looking for reactions such as skin redness, itching or burning sensation, but does not explore the potential long-term effects on the human health.