Researchers announced today that chemical sunscreens may be far more dangerous than previously revealed, and that children may be even more at risk from these chemicals than adults. The study in today’s medical journal JAMA revealed that common sunscreen products containing avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene need much more research. Blood concentration of these chemicals has for the first time been studied and found, after just one day’s use. Serum levels rise with continued use and following application. It is questionable whether these products can be “generally regarded as safe and effective, ” which is FDA’s safety measure.
According to the study,
“oxybenzone… has been found in human breast milk (and) in amniotic fluid, urine, and blood…. Some studies… have raised questions about the potential for oxybenzone to affect endocrine activity.”
Regarding Oxybenzone, the Environmental Working Group previously said CDC: “has detected oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population…. Participants who reported using sunscreen have higher oxybenzone exposures…. Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.”
Hawaiian sunscreen law and ban coming
Hawaii last year got ahead of the curve and banned certain sunscreens that can damage our marine environment and coral reefs. And […]