No, not all chemical sunscreens are bad. Some chemical filters have been extensively researched and deemed safe by regulatory agencies, but finding the right one for your skin type and concerns is important.
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While there has been some controversy over chemical sunscreens and their potential dangers, not all chemical sunscreens are bad. In fact, some chemical filters have been extensively researched and deemed safe by regulatory agencies.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Chemical sunscreens contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These ingredients work by absorbing UV rays.” While there are concerns about certain chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, there are many other chemical filters that have been approved by regulatory agencies.
It is important to note that the safety of a sunscreen ultimately depends on the individual’s skin type and concerns. Some people may prefer mineral sunscreens with physical blocking ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, while others may have an allergy to certain ingredients in mineral sunscreens.
To help you find the right sunscreen for your skin, it is recommended to consult with a dermatologist and to look for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad-spectrum protection to block both UVA and UVB rays. It is also essential to reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
There are many interesting facts about sunscreens and their effects on the skin. For example, did you know that “sunscreens should be applied approximately 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow them time to be absorbed and protect the skin”? Or that “reapplying sunscreen every two hours in the sun will help maintain its protective barrier,” according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. It is also important to note that regular use of sunscreen can help prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles and spots caused by sun damage.
In conclusion, while there has been a lot of discussion around the potential dangers of chemical sunscreens, it is important to note that not all chemical sunscreens are bad. Ultimately, finding the right sunscreen for your skin type and concerns is crucial to staying protected against harmful UV rays.
“To keep yourself safe in the sun, it’s important to use a combination of sun protective measures,” says the American Academy of Dermatology. “In addition to using sunscreen, seek shade and wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.”
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See a video about the subject.
Lab Muffin Beauty Science addresses the fearmongering surrounding benzophenone, a contaminant found in sunscreens that some claim could cause mutations, endocrine disruptions, and cancer. While a recent study found that sunscreens with octocrylene had an increase in benzophenone levels after six weeks of high-temperature stability testing, the toxicity of benzophenone is controversial, and most evidence comes from in vitro or animal studies. The video discusses red flags surrounding the authors of the study and their lack of expertise in relevant fields and notes conflict of interest issues with partnerships and marketing. The video concludes that sunscreens containing octocrylene are likely safe to use as long as they are not expired or exposed to high temperatures and promotes an online education community, Skillshare, with a link for a free trial of their premium membership.
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Similarly, not all chemical sunscreen is bad. Dr. Hartman assures us that chemical sunscreen is safe, but if you’re sensitive to any of the ingredients commonly found in chemical sunscreen, physical sunscreen might be the best option for you.
“Yes, chemical sunscreens are safe," she says. "Most sunscreens that have unsafe chemicals are now banned from being used. Sometimes I prefer to recommend physical sunscreens if you have sensitive skin, allergies to chemical sunscreens, are pregnant, or have melasma, and for babies and children.”
In other words, either mineral or chemical sunscreen is far better than nothing when it comes to skin health.
Good question. You need to use sunscreen everyday to prevent most skin cancers and melanomas, and at the same time you need to be thoughtful about what you put on your skin. You should use a mineral sunscreen (avoid chemical screens) and there are many excellent and safe products available. A good place to check the safety of the various brands is at ewg.org. You may not like the look and feel of some, but sample them until you find one you like. And then make it a habit… shave, brush your teeth, apply sunscreen.
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This includes common chemical ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate. Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose which sunscreen is best for you and your unique skin!