Brighton-Howell Dermatology in Brighton & Howell MI

Sunscreen Fears

As of yesterday, many of you have come across an article referring to common chemicals found in sunscreens and their rapid concentrations in our bloodstream. The JAMA article published yesterday tested four common ingredients, avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule after maximum use to see what their concentration in our blood streams would be. Little to our surprise we found that these ingredients were absorbed through the skin in statistically significant numbers. What does this mean? Not enough is known yet to make any rash decisions, but we know that using sunscreen and sun protection is still more important at this time than not. Melanoma can kill you, and dermatologists and JAMA are still recommending sunscreen use until further tests are done to see what this ingredient absorption means. Until then, if this study makes you nervous it is extremely safe to use a natural sun block made of zinc! Here’s a list of some of our favorites!!!

Natural Sunblocks

1-Neutrogena Sheer Zinc

2-Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby

3-CeraVe Sunscreen Body Lotion-Invisible Zinc

4-Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

5-Elta MD UV Aero Broad Spectrum SPF 45

6-SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen

7-MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme 50

8-MyChelle dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50

9-Colorescience Powder Formula Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush on Shield SPF 50

10-La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral-tinted

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