Parabens are a group of substances used as preservatives. Chemically they resemble benzoic acid, the preserving substance naturally present in lingonberries.
Parabens are allowed as food additives and have their own E-numbers. They are mainly used in cosmetics to preserve skin creams and other such oil-containing products.
As cosmetic products and food are not included in the Swedish Chemicals Agency's Products Register it is not possible to find out whether use in cosmetics and food increases. On the other hand it is possible to see that an increasing number of other chemical products, e.g. dish washing products, are preserved with parabens.
Turnover of parabens in chemical products
Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.