Your decision and search for what's right for you
We realize your choice to use products with or without preservatives is a personal, and often passionate, decision. As a consumer who may want to simply make the most informed decision possible about safety, the number of messages, perspectives and studies available can be frustrating – there's a lot to sort through. Whatever your choice, we want you to know we respect your decision and appreciate the opportunity to share our
own perspective on preservatives.
At Your Best Face Skincare, we take the decisions regarding ingredients in our products very seriously, and keeping our products safe for you is of highest importance when making those decisions. We think reasonable preservative use is safe, and we do use preservatives. For many reasons, we believe the way we use paraben du is the best choice. Please, read on to learn and understand more about these reasons and visit some of the links to the right for more information.
The safety of parabens, a source of mixed messages
Portions of scientific studies are often misquoted or taken out of context and become the source for what many people consider misleading information. Sometimes that information is used to convince consumers that preservatives are dangerous and that paraben-free products are safer and better than their preserved counterparts.
Companies just like ours who use preservatives often say their products are safe. At the same time, preservative-free or paraben-free companies often imply their products are safer. Some of those companies go so far as to use information out of context that fuels an impression or creates fear that using products containing preservatives increases the risk of cancer.
For example, a 2004 study by Dr. Philippa Darbre is often misquoted as having literally determined that parabens cause breast cancer. Experts in the medical and scientific communities have since agreed portions of the Darbre study taken out of context have unnecessarily sounded an alarm that has since been difficult to reset. To date the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have all stated that when used appropriately it
cannot be concluded that parabens cause cancer. All agencies and experts seem to agree though we need to learn more – not only for our own safety but our peace of mind.
Why we use parabans and not something else
Subsequent studies have given credible data that shows when used reasonably (at a rate of less than 25%), parabens are safe and, equally as important, protect consumers from harmful fungal and bacterial contamination. Additionally, a 2007 French study also concluded that parabens are quickly metabolized and thereby do not accumulate in the body as previously rumored.
In our products containing preservatives, we conservatively use a system called paraben du which results in an average preservative content per formula totaling .098% (the preservative percentages in paraben du are 3% propylparaben, 11% methylparaben and 30% diazolidinyl urea). We use preservatives in our products because we believe in our responsibility to protect our customers from fungus and bacteria. We use these particular preservatives because we feel they have a very strong safety record.
As for alternatives, we've looked at both synthetic and natural preservatives. We realize natural preservatives abound and are used by many companies, providing the best solution for their customers. For our products and customers, we have yet to find an alternative with which we feel comfortable using. For us to switch, the preservative system would need to be undisputed as safe or safer than what we currently use and not cause an increase in allergen risk.
Lightly preserving protects you from harmful fungus and bacteria
Depending on how heavily products are preserved, two very different goals can be achieved. One method with heavy preservative use dramatically extends the shelf life of products awaiting your purchase in a store or on line so they seem fresh no matter when you buy. Another method involves lightly preserving products solely to decrease your risk of coming into contact with nasty and sometimes dangerous fungus or bacteria. For those
concerned about the amount of preservatives they come into contact with and contamination by fungus and bacteria, lightly preserved products can be a great option.
At Your Best Face Skincare we make our products in lightly preserved, small batches and time production closely to when we anticipate more product is needed by our retailer. Also, most of our products are packaged in non-traditional, airless pump containers for increased protection. All of this adds up to safe and fresh products for our customers with minimal preservative use.
We'll continue seeking your input to make better products
Making safe and effective products is always top of mind for us. This year we've made significant improvements to our formulas and lowered our overall use of parabens. We appreciate your questions and feedback about everything to do with our brand and products, including the preservatives we use.
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Thank you and please write to us at founders@ybf-Skincare.com,
Darrell and Kimberley, founding partners
Your Best Face Skincare, LLC
We do use preservatives and believe the type and amounts used are accepted as safe by the medical and scientific community.
Average content per formula in our products that contain the preservative paraben DU:
.081% diazolidinyl urea
The role of preservatives in YBF's formulas are to safely protect our customers from harmful fungus and bacteria.
We do not use preservatives as a means of extending a product's retail shelf life.
The U.S. FDA has classified methyl and propylparaben as GRAS, which means they are Generally Regarded As Safe by medical and toxicological experts for use in preserving food.
The FDA has also stated that parabens are safe for use in cosmetics.
Resources for more information
Paraben and diazolidinyl urea safety
from the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel
Statement on use of parabens in
cosmetics by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Antiperspirants, Parabens & Breast
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Parabens on Wikipedia
Articles we feel are unbiased
“Parabens and are they safe?”
Truth In Aging, an independent web site
published by Accord Media, dedicated to honest, unbiased reporting
amidst claims that are often confusing or misleading.
“Health claims against cosmetics”
American Council on Science and Health
ACSH is an independent, non-profit, tax
exempt organization and is comprised of 350 physicians, scientists
and policy advisors.
“The Perils of Parabens”
The Beauty Brains are a group of
cosmetic scientists who understand what the chemicals used in
cosmetics really do, how products are tested and what all the