Researchers: Sunscreen may do more harm than good


The recent sunny weather has many of us thinking about the beach, and that means it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen.

But, a new study reveals that sunscreen could actually be doing more harm than good.

Researchers found several common ingredients can enter the bloodstream at dangerous levels after just a day of use.

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Four of the chemicals can remain in the body for at least 24 hours. The levels were high enough to warrant a government safety investigation.

Scientists are focusing on the four chemicals avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule they want to learn more about in cream-based sunscreens.

FDA officials say more research is needed before the chemicals can be considered safe and effective.

This doesn’t mean you should stop using sun protection to prevent skin cancer.

Related: Health alert: FDA calls for research on sunscreens

Dr. Trish Garcia, a hospitalist with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center says right now the sun is known to cause skin cancer. The FDA recommends that should be your first protection.

“What the FDA is really saying is we need more research into some of the chemicals that people are using in sunscreen. And it’s not just are they safe to use, but also are they affective?.”

Dr. Garcia says titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safe and effective, so if you’re uncomfortable using current sunscreens, find ones with these active ingredients only, they are safe and work well.

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