Story by: Christina Dunavan on July 31, 2019
A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA has prompted worries about sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop protecting your family’s skin from ultraviolet rays.
Indeed, the risks of skin cancer and other effects of overexposure to the sun far outweigh potential problems from absorbing sunscreen ingredients.
“The concern of certain chemicals and their ability to enter the bloodstream through skin contact has raised concern,” said Melody Presley, APRN, nurse practitioner with Norton Community Medical Group – Taylorsville. “However, until further studies can be conducted, sunscreens are still safe to use and should be used. If you are concerned about the ingredients, try to find sunscreen that is mineral based.”
The FDA earlier this year said sunscreens that are mineral based — using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — are safe and effective.
In a preliminary study completed by JAMA, a small number of participants applied sunscreens in various forms four times per day. The JAMA study found high absorption of chemical sunscreen ingredients avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule.
Norton Community Medical Group provides primary care in Louisville, Southern Indiana and surrounding areas at more than 30 locations.
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Sunscreen is still safe to use on your children and family. There is a common myth that on cloudy days you can’t get sunburned. This isn’t true. UV rays can still damage the skin, even on a cloudy day.
With kids, there is always unplanned time outside. Remember to plan ahead and keep sunscreen handy — in the car or in your child’s backpack.
According to Melody, the nurse practitioner, everyone should protect their skin, no matter their age, race, skin tone, or gender, and even if they already have sun damage to their skin.