Paraben Mix Allergy Facts

This is a compilation of information from TrueTest.com, Contact Allergy Database, DermNetnz, Center for Disease Control, U.S. National Library of Medicine and SkinSafeProducts .com. This information may not be complete, check with your doctor if you have further questions.

 

What is Paraben Mix?

Paraben mix is a mixture of five different paraben esters; methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl- and benzyl-parahydroxybenzoate. Parabens are the most commonly used as preservatives in topical pharmaceutical preparations and in many over-the-counter medications, cosmetics, skin care, personal care and hygiene products. All these commercially used paraben compounds are synthetically produced by mixing Para-Hydroxybenzoic Acid with certain Alcohols.

Paraben mix contains the following five substances:

  • Benzyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Butyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate
How To Avoid Paraben Mix
  • Use products that do not list paraben mix or related chemicals on the label, ingredients list, product insert or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If no information is available, talk to your pharmacist or contact the product manufacturer.
  • Some patients who are allergic to paraben mix can wear cosmetics that contain parabens without reacting, but you should stop using a product if skin symptoms develop.
  • Eating foods containing paraben preservatives is rarely a problem.
  • Tell your physician, pharmacist, dentist, veterinarian, beautician and hairdresser that you are allergic to paraben mix or one of its components. Ask for preparations that do not contain paraben mix or related substances.
  • If you must use products that contain parabens on pets or children, wear protective gloves. Utility or disposable gloves made of natural or synthetic rubber or vinyl are good for working with products that contain paraben mix or one of its components.
  • If you think that you contact paraben mix or one of its components at work, ask your employer for MSDS or manufacturer information on the product(s). Talk to your employer about using a different product or about wearing protective gloves and clothing.
  • Be aware that if your spouse or significant other topical skins care products that contain this chemical, skin-to-skin transfer may occur to you.

It may take two to three weeks of avoiding exposures to paraben mix before improvement of your eruption begins.

Other names for Paraben Mix to Look For and Avoid

To reduce reactions from paraben mix avoid products with the following names in the list of ingredients, Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), or package insert.

Aseptoforml
Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate)
Butylparaben
Butyl-parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate)
Ethylparaben
Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate)
Germaben II
Lexgard
Liqua Par
Methylparaben
Methyl-parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzate)
Nipagin
Nipastat
Parahydroxybenzoate /
Parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate)
Parahydroxybenzoic acid
Parasept
Perservaben
Phenonip
Propylparaben
Propyl-parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate)
Protaben
Undebenzofene-C

What products contain Paraben Mix or one of its components?*

Agriculture-food production and processing
Anaesthetics (local)
Antiperspirants
Antiseptic topical medications
Baked goods
Bandages
Blushers
Bronzers
Candies
Cleansers
Concealers (cosmetic)
Conditioner
Contraceptives
Cosmetics
Cosmetic foundations and powders
Cover sticks
Dentifrices
Deodorants
Dermatological creams
Ear drops
Eye drops
Eye shadow
Eyeliners and pencils
Fats
Foundations (cosmetic)
Frozen dairy products
Fruit juice
Glues
Hair balsam
Hair care products
Hair coloring
Hemorrhoid treatments
Highlighters
Hygiene products
Jams
Jellies
Liniment
Lip balms
Lipsticks
Local anesthetics
Makeup removers
Marinated fish products
Mascara
Mayonnaise
Metal-working oils and fluids
Moisturizers
Mustard
Night cream
Nose Sprays or drops
Oils
Personal care and hygiene products
Powders (cosmetic)
Preservatives used in some foods
Processed vegetables
Quick-dry nail products
Rectal medications
Salad dressings
Self-tanners
Shampoo
Shaving products
Shoe polish
Skin cleanser
Skin ointments, creams, lotions
Soaps
Soft drinks
Spiced sauces
Sunscreens
Syrups
Textiles
Toothpaste
Topical medications for skin pain or infections
Vaginal medications
Veterinary medications

* This list may not be all-inclusive. Read product labels carefully and talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Product formulations may change from time to time without notice. Talk to your doctor for specific instructions. For additional information about products that might contain paraben mix or a related substance, go to the Household Products Database online (householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov) at the United States National Library of Medicine

Products That May NOT Contain Paraben Mix?*

There was no information available at the time of this publication regarding products without this chemical.

* This list may not be all-inclusive. Read product labels carefully and talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Product formulations may change from time to time without notice. Talk to your doctor for specific instructions. For additional information about products that might contain paraben mix or a related substance, go to the Household Products Database online (householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov) at the United States National Library of Medicine

Nancy’s Personal Experience

A thorough sweep of the house to get rid of things with Paraben Mix in them ensued the day I got the diagnosis. It was no small project and extended into the next day. I was slowed down trying to decipher the long lists of chemicals in things I had been using without thinking about it. I found myself astounded by the sheer number of chemicals in everything – words I could not pronounce let alone know what they were. I am becoming an avid label reader now. Luckily, I stopped wearing makeup several ears ago so I did not have to deal with the emotional issues attached to that.

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