An Overview of Parabens and Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Farhaan Hafeez, BA, MS; Howard Maibach, MD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2013;18(5) 

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Despite the cloud that has surrounded paraben use since the late 1960s, this class of chemical preservatives has withstood four decades of extensive skin testing conducted by a variety of organizations, both North American and European. It now appears that parabens have proven to be one of the least allergenic preservatives on the market. In the limited documented examples of paraben-induced allergic contact dermatitis, these cases are often attributable to the application of parabens on damaged skin.