Health alert: FDA calls for research on sunscreens

Health

For decades, sunscreen has been a sort of super-sealant.

Endorsed by doctors, parents and beauty experts around the world, in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

Now, researchers have found that several of sunscreen’s common UV blocking chemicals are seeping into your bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger a government safety investigation, supporting the FDA‘s calls for more safety data on sunscreen’s chemicals.

Related: Researchers: Sunscreen may do more harm than good

There are four chemicals in particular that scientists are focusing on in learning more about in cream-based sunscreens.

Avobenzone, octocrylene, ecamsule, and oxybenzone.

So should you panic, toss your tubes and just feel the burn? Experts say no way!

In fact, a dermatologist at the Yale School of Medicine says people should still be aggressive about sun protection.

And experts say it’s way more dangerous to catch a burn.

“This study is the FDA’s way of showing sunscreen manufacturers they need to do the studies to see if chemical absorption poses health risks,” said Scott Faber, SVP of Government affairs at the Environmental Working Group.

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