Acne products, like many personal care products can be full of parabens. Parabens, while designed to prevent the growth of bacteria within a container, have received increasing scrutiny from consumer advocacy groups and scientists alike in recent years. The jury is still out as to whether parabens can truly be linked to cancerous tumors. Read on and find out more about CTRL and what studies are saying about parabens.
Videsante introduces CTRL, a paraben-free acne treatment designed to reduce skin irritation and effectively control acne. Parabens can be irritating to the skin and parabens are found in many of today’s widely used acne treatments, liquid hand soaps, moisturizers, deodorants, and more.
The Truth About Parabens
According to the FDA, a study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors. The study also discussed this information in the context of the weak estrogen-like properties of parabens and the influence of estrogen on breast cancer. However, the study left several questions unanswered. For example, the study did not show that parabens cause cancer, or that they are harmful in any way, and the study did not look at possible paraben levels in normal tissue.
According the Environmental Working Group, parabens are widely used synthetic preservatives found in most of the nearly 25,000 cosmetics and personal care products. Parabens can disrupt the hormone (endocrine) system, and were found in the breast cancer tumors of 19 of 20 women studied.
Though there is no decisive information saying that parabens do cause cancer, until they are proven completely safe, I will be staying away from them.
CTRL Gender Specific Acne Treatments
According to CTRL, the female and male skin is very different and therefore, making an individual product for each gender is critical. For example, the female skin is more delicate and prone to irritation because female skin is 25 percent thinner than male skin, which means the surface is much more delicate and prone to irritation. It continued by stating that male skin has a higher pH level leading to increases in bacteria growth. As for the gender specific acne treatment, I'm not convinced. You're talking to the girl that uses homemade soap to wash her face. But as for the lack of parabens, I'm all for it.
Videsante also uses biodegradable materials, recyclable packaging, and does not test on animals.