Ingredient Alert: Common Skin Care Ingredient Linked to Breast Cancer

Did you know that parabens, a very common preservative, has been linked to breast cancer. In the body, parabens mimic estrogen which fuels certain types of breast cancer. Parabens can be found in most beauty and hygiene products, from make up, to moisturizers, deodorant, and more.  Parabens are even used as food preservatives.  


In 99% of breast cancer tumors, parabens are found.  Evidence shows that this is not directly linked the use of underarm deoderant/anti-perspirant specifically.  However, due to the fact that parabens are absorbed into the blood stream through topical application and internal consumption, any paraben-containing product can be potentially hazardous.  It is wise to avoid parabens and other ingredients which fuel hormonal changes within the body.


With the average woman putting over 500 chemicals on the body every day, it is increasingly important to eliminate the toxic cocktails we have blindly trusted and called our favorite beauty products. Check your product labels, Beauties! Then invest in high-quality skin care.


This is just another reason why Skincare by Nurse Leslie is proud to offer PCA Skin products. Paraben-free. Cruelty-Free.  Effective. Our products are kept fresh by using non-toxic, naturally-occurring preservatives, as well as air-tight packaging, which prevents air from depleting product potency and inhibits the introduction of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, and mold, which can cause skin infections.  

It is certainly better to be safe than sorry.  Are you ready to make the switch to a healthier choice?  Click here.




1. Medscape Medical News, Oncology  

Link Between Parabens and Breast Cancer?, Roxanne Nelson, January 26, 2012

2.  Journal of Applied Toxicology:  Parabens can enable hallmarks and characteristics of cancer in human breast epithelial cells: a review of the literature with reference to new exposure data and regulatory status;  Philippa D. Darbre1, Philip W. Harvey, Article first published online: 22 JUL 2014,  DOI: 10.1002/jat.3027