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New Study Says Sunscreen May be Causing More Harm Than we Thought



Potentially unsafe levels of chemicals are entering the bloodstream

how harmful is your sunscreen
For years we have been told to slather our kids with sunscreen before heading outdoors. But Monday, a new study by the Food and Drug Administration revealed chemical levels that far exceeded the FDA-set threshold were absorbed into the human body just one day after use.

The study published on Monday in the medical journal JAMA, studied the four chemicals of avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene and are all part of the dozen or so chemicals the FDA recently said needed to be researched more before they could be considered safe and effective.

For the study, the FDA had 24 random adults apply either sunscreen spray, lotion or cream four times a day for four days on three-quarters of their body. Then the agency drew 30 blood samples from each participant over a week to see whether the chemicals in the sunscreen got absorbed through the skin.

Should you stop using sunscreen?
Since the release of the study Monday we have seen many experts say "absolutely not!"

It isn't new news that the things we put on our skin are absorbed into our body. The study was done as the FDA's way of showing manufacturers that more research should be done to see what kind of chemical absorption health risks (if any) sunscreen causes.

Protect your family from the sun
It is important to take into consideration that for the results of the study, sunscreen was applied more than twixe the amount that would be applied during normal conditions. It is extremely important to note that you shouldn't be discouraged from using sunscreen for normal, every day use. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying 1 ounce of sunscreen to exposed skin every two hours, use a lip balm with SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and the World Cancer Research Fund, melanoma continues to rank within the 20 most common cancers in both men and women and continues to grow each year.

If you are concerned about the safety of chemical sunscreens there are a number of mineral sunscreens on the market that rely on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect the skin.

Tell Us
How do you feel about the results of the new study? Would information like this make you think twice before applying sunscreen to yourself or your children?

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