Prof. Dr. Tanver Doğanay and Asst. Prof. Dr. Tanem Garanti from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyprus International University (CIU) started a study to identify a natural organic substance that can be used in place of parabens, having an antimicrobial effect and will potentially be healing wounds and preventing degradation of the cosmetic products in extreme conditions.
Prof. Dr. Tanver Doğanay said that paraben and paraben derivatives are commonly used in cosmetics to protect against harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, molds, and fungi and added that “paraben and its derivatives are used not only in cosmetics but also in food and pharmaceuticals for the same purpose”.
It was also stated that although the use of parabens is widespread and effective, studies on animals in recent years, showed that these chemicals increase the level of genes that can lead to cancer in the human body and “therefore, it is mentioned that paraben and its derivatives increase the risk of cancer," said Prof. Dr. Doğanay.
She also pointed out that the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been examining parabens for scientific investigation yet, there is still no restriction on their use.
From this point of view, it is important to note that an alternative combination is important for paraben and its derivatives. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tanem Garanti said “the primary objective of the project we are conducting is to identify a natural organic substance that can be used instead of parabens, effecting antimicrobials and potentially healing wounds and preventing degradation of the cosmetic product in extreme conditions, for instance, at high temperatures”.
Garanti mentioned these new substances or combinations of substances will be proposed to be used in the design of new cosmetic products and continued: “the anti-microbial effects of the identified substances will be examined under laboratory conditions and the structures with high anti-microbial effects will be studied in detail and new drug formulations will be designed to be used for therapeutic purposes”.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Garanti finalized by highlighting that it is foreseen that the newly designed drugs could be used as an alternative to antibiotic treatment.