Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not warning people against using parabens. However, the safety of parabens has been called into question by studies that show potential cancer-causing properties of the preservative – so many people are avoiding products with this ingredient.

Here, Dr. Joel Schlessinger chooses his favorites among the 1,100+ paraben-free products available at

LovelySkin Cream Cleanser

LovelySkin Cleanser (Regular) is fortified with nourishing ingredients and removes dead skin cells without over-drying the skin.

LovelySkin Cleanser washes away makeup and excess oil through a paraben-free formulation. This cleanser uses medical-grade ingredients, including amino fruit acids (AFAs). These amino acids exfoliate your skin without irritation and the vitamin C reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Meanwhile, Dead Sea minerals help skin to regenerate and heal from environmental stresses and the overall effect of the cleanser is to leave your skin feeling soft and supple – and looking luminous.

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Very Light Sunscreen

The EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Very Light Sunscreen is another outstanding paraben-free product recommended by the doctor.

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 offers both UVA and UBA protection, and the sunscreen contains dual-purpose niacinamide: this ingredient calms acne-prone skin and serves as an excellent sunscreen for people with oily skin.

Besides being paraben-free, this sunscreen is also oil-free, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, and it doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. You can use the product under your makeup – or alone.

Rather than choose a third paraben-free product, Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages you to check out the entire paraben-free section of

You’ll find more than 1,100 skin care and cosmetic products that do not contain parabens, ranging from more cleansers and sunscreens to:

  • foundations, from pressed base to liquid and more
  • lotions, creams and moisturizers
  • facial scrubs to masks and serums
  • blushes to primers and more and Dr. Joel Schlessinger do an excellent job of providing products that meet unique skin care needs across the spectrum, including paraben-free products.

Posted Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 7:59 pm
Filed Under Category: Dr. Joel Schlessinger's Favorite Things
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