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    Just in the news today - read on. Methylparaben is used in just about everything - including products with sunscreen! What does a girl do now!

    From Channel News Asia website:

    Methylparaben, an antiseptic agent widely used in cosmetics such as foundation, advances the aging process in skin cells when exposed to ultraviolet rays, causing wrinkles and liver spots, researchers said.

    Methylparaben is the most commonly used antiseptic agent for cosmetics. It is included in powders, lotion and skin milk for its high anti-bacterial effects and mild stimulation of the skin.

    The agent, ironically, is also used in products intended to reduce the skin's exposure to ultraviolet rays.

    "I think women should avoid strong and direct sunshine when wearing cosmetics containing methylparaben," said professor Toshikazu Yoshikawa, who headed the team of researchers at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.

    Yoshikawa's team conducted the research to determine any side effects from normal use of the agent, which has been deemed safe under government standards.

    The researchers added methylparaben to skin cells in a density similar to that used in cosmetics.

    The skin cells were then exposed to about 30 millijoules of ultraviolet rays per square centimetre, about the average daily amount on a summer day.

    About 19 percent of the methylparaben-added skin cells died, while the fatality rate for cells with no methylparaben was only about 6 percent, Yoshikawa said.

    The amount of lipid peroxide-the driving force behind the aging process-in the methylparaben-added cells was almost three times the total in the untreated cells.

    Lipid peroxide is generated inside oxidised cells when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

    Yoshikawa said the findings confirm that methylparaben, when exposed to ultraviolet rays, advances the aging process in skin cells.

    Yoshikawa and the other researchers will discuss the results of their study at an international conference in Italy in September. - The Asahi Shimbun/il

    Copyright 2005 The Asahi Shimbun Company. All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.

    Copyright ? 2005 MCN International Pte Ltd

  • #2
    Wow, this is scary- can anyone confirm that this is completely true?This is the first time i've heard about this.....Now im all paranoid about wearing makeup in the sun


    • #3
      Gosh! So what are the brands that DO NOT contain Methylparaben?