29 Paraben Free Self Care Products For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome To Keep Your Hormones Healthy

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So you've been diagnosed with PCOS, and you've been reading up on lifestyle changes for treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and you keep hearing about avoiding parabens. You're probably wondering, "Uh, what are parabens?" And why do you even have to avoid them anyways?

Parabens are an endocrine-disrupting preservative that's really commonly found in self care items such as makeup, shampoo, cleansers, lotion, and pretty much everything else. The chemical mimics estrogen in the body, making things even more messed up for people with endocrine disorders like PCOS or who are going through menopause.

Although studies on parabens and breast cancer have left many questions unanswered, estrogenic activity is known to cause breast cancer, and parabens have been been found in breast cancer itself. The FDA is continuing to research the relationship between cancer and parabens, but its other effects on hormones are reason enough to stay away.

So how are you ever supposed to find paraben-free beauty and self-care products?

An increasing number of goodies are being produced without parabens due to consumer concerns. Sephora, for instance, is carrying paraben-free items and there are even some drugstore products you can buy without parabens, too. To make it a little easier on you, I rounded up a bunch: Both from new brands as well as shops and collections you might already be buying from. Click through for 29 products you can feel good about putting on your skin.

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