Is Sunscreen Safe?

There has been a lot in the news recently about sunscreen. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that chemical sunscreen agents are absorbed into the bloodstream when applied on the skin.

There are two main categories of sunscreens:

  • Chemical sunscreens
    • Absorb UV rays
    • Examples: avobenzone, oxybenzone and octinoxate
  • Physical sunscreens
    • Deflect UV rays
    • Mineral Products: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

The fact that chemical ingredients are absorbed through the skin and into the blood does not mean the ingredient is unsafe. These sunscreen agents have been used for decades without any known side effects. However, more tests are needed. If you have any concerns about the chemical ingredients while further studies are done, choose a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), and don’t forget other elements of sun protection – UV protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

For more information on sunscreens:
Sunscreen Stats (
CSH Neutragena Brochure (PDF Download)

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