Parabens (Methal Paraben)
Methylparaben is a type of paraben. Parabens are chemicals that are often used as preservatives to give products a longer shelf life. They're added to food or cosmetics to prevent the growth of mold and other harmful bacteria. Many products that contain methylparabens also contain one or two other types of parabens in their ingredients.
Researchers are beginning to study whether the use of methylparabens and other parabens is safe. At this time, there is no conclusive evidence either way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to allow the use of methylparabens in various products.