Parabens………Wow, what a topic. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in skin care products. Chemically, they are esters of hydroxybenzoic acid. Usually more than one is used in a product and often used with other types of preservatives to provide broad spectrum protection against microorganisms. Most common parabens are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Skin care products sold on a retail basis are required by law to declare ingredients on the label. The FDA is not authorized however to approve skin care ingredients. That means that skin care companies may use any ingredients they choose. What is the concern with parabens? Stay tuned…….more to come.