Parabens are man-made products that have been used since the 1950’s as a preservative to prevent harmful mold and bacterial growth. Parabens are found in many cosmetics, lotions, hair products, makeup, shaving cream, and can be absorbed through the skin. In addition, parabens enter the body through ingested pharmaceuticals, and many food products and beverages.
Parabens are Listed in Ingredient Labels
The common parabens are, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben. Many times a product may contain more than one paraben. When reading ingredient labels, look for words ending in paraben!
Parabens are considered xenoestrogens which mimic estrogen. There is concern that the cumulative effect may cause health concerns. However, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the effects of low levels of parabens for the human body are unknown.
High Estrogen Levels in Men May Cause Breasts
Men who have a disproportionate level of estrogen in their body may have a higher propensity for developing female type breasts or gynecomastia.
This 18-year-old gynecomastia patient had significant gynecomastia. He underwent breast gland excision and liposuction. He also had a crescent areola lift for superior advancement of the areola tissue.
It has been noted that men with high concentrations of parabens have lower muscle mass, more body fat, and may have developed female type breasts. Research done in Japan has shown some men having damaged reproductive systems, lower sperm count, and lower levels of testosterone.
Parabens Outlawed in Europe
In 2006, Europe banned the use of parabens in food, but it is still allowed in the United States. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends that his gynecomastia patients read labels and avoid food and products that may be conducive to increasing estrogen levels.
Schedule a gynecomastia consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Delgado to learn what options are available to you!