I didn't mean to freak people out with the post in the potty-training thread [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/wink.gif[/img]

You'll literally go nuts trying to eliminate parabens from your home. It's in EVERYTHING. Being an inexpensive preservative, it is used in almost every shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste, shaving cream, body wash etc. that is on the store shelves. Here's just a sampling of products for methylparaben:

You'll find an even longer list of propylparaben. So abandon any ideas of having a paraben-free home if you do your shopping in a run-of-the-mill drugstore

I first started researching this in May so I've gotten over that panic stage. [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/smile.gif[/img] Really one has to examine this with some balance, so read all the information from the search results on parabens and you'll see that there is no finding that parabens *cause* cancer. The bottom of the following link has some reputable sources commenting on this very fact.

For me however, it is only *lotions* that are a concern because I use so much of it when you combine my general lotions and specialty lotions (about 30 bottles per year). And lotions are completely absorbed into my body, not washed off like other products. So if I can find an *equally effective* paraben-free alternative to a paraben-containing lotion then I'll switch. But if not, it isn't worth switching from an effective lotion and sacrificing the quality of skin simply to avoid parabens. IMHO caring for ich skin takes precedence over avoiding parabens.

I was lucky. My three Dermal Therapy lotions don't contain parabens and nor does Cetaphil. However several lotions I was using earlier did, but they were just as effectively replaced by the ones I just mentioned. So if you have easy and equally effective alternatives to parabens then opt for them, otherwise I personally wouldn't fret about it.

But if your really want to switch try googling "no parabens lotion" or "paraben-free lotion" and going through those. Or shop on Australian or New Zealand sites (ie. Dermadrate or Dermaveen)...remember that prices are in local currency often.

Sorry for unduly worrying anyone, especially you Lisa.

BTW if ya'll weren't worried enough try googling the following: "mineral oil" skin toxins

[img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/biggrin.gif[/img] Seriously though, you can't start pulling your hair about parabens, petroleum distillates (ie. mineral oil, petrolatum), propylene glycol or other contrversial ingredients in lotions. If you do, you will either have to accept drier ich skin or triple your lotion costs.