Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunscreens Increase Rate of Skin Cancer

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study showing that nearly all Americans are contaminated with oxybenzone, a widely-used sunscreen ingredient. This chemical so far has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, as well as low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy.

Identified so far are 588 sunscreens, 172 facial moisturizers, 111 lip balms, and 81 different types of lipstick contain oxybenzone. Tests show that many of these so-called sunscreens offer inadequate protection from the sun.

They also found that sunlight also causes oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage, which is the exact opposite reason many women mistakenly use the sunscreen.

Interestingly, as sunscreen sales have risen, so has the rate of skin cancers. Read the entire article.

The only sunscreen I've been able to use without my face itching or getting red has been Natria Sunscreen SPF30. I've used Natria lip balm and moisturizer also.


Anonymous said...

I always felt for years that there was something not quite right about the common sunscreens and their widespread toxic chemicals. There are natural ones that make more sense. And our skin does need some pure sunshine.
This news is confirmation that God was giving me wisdom before it showed up in the studies.
Thanks again God.

sharingsunshine said...

It's true that our inner wisdom is worth more than gold when it comes to all the options and choices of life. Avoiding the sun has created other disease problems since Vitamin D deficiency is common.

Applause for you to keep your mind tuned into those inner stirrings :-)

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