Parabens and Gynecomastia

Parabens and gynecomastia

Parabens are used as a preservative and to stop the growth of bacteria and harmful mold in food since the early 1950’s. In addition to food products, parabens can be found in some cosmetics, hair products, shaving cream, and lotions, etc. Parabens can be absorbed through the skin besides being ingested through food, beverages, and some pharmaceuticals.

What are Parabens?

So what are parabens? Parabens are a man-made chemical that studies have shown can mimic estrogen in the body’s cells, and can affect the growth of breast tissue. With high amounts of estrogen, it is noted that men have more body fat with low muscle mass and may be more likely to develop gynecomastia.

In 2006, Europe outlawed parabens to be added to food, but it is still allowed in the United States.

Read Labels!

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends that men who are concerned about gynecomastia carefully read labels on food and personal care products. There are many different forms of parabens; the most common are; Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben, any word ending in paraben!


This gynecomastia patient is 18-years-old and had significant gynecomastia. He had liposuction and excision of the breast gland.

Studies are inconclusive that parabens may cause cancer. However, cancerous cells have been found to contain parabens in higher than normal density.

Call Today!

If you have any questions or concerns about gynecomastia, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado.