Spring is Here and so is the Sun!Public
Now that spring is here, many of us will be involved with more outside activities. Along with enjoying the sun, its important to remember to avoid its damaging effects and to always use sunscreen . I am often asked about which sunscreens to use and whether they are safe.
Regarding the safety of sunscreens, it appears that there are many active and inactive ingredients in these products. There has been suggestion that some ingredients may have unwanted health side effects but so far there have been no human studies that I am aware of to confirm any serious effects. Oxybenzone gets some negative attention regarding possible hormonal effects but these effects are unproven. Probably the greatest concern is with skin sensitivity or allergies that some people may have to ingredients in these products. The FDA regulates sunscreen product claims and safety and the American Academy of Dermatology has not listed any of the ingredients in sunscreens to be unsafe. In fact they clearly state that it is more unsafe to your health to not use these products than to use them.
The FDA recommends using sunscreen with at least 15 spf, while the Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least spf of 30. Anything over 50 spf is likely not beneficial. The sunscreen used should be water resistant and reapplied every 2 hours and anytime after being in the water or after sweating.
I am a clear advocate of sunscreen! I would just recommend finding a sunscreen that "agrees" with your skin and use it liberally on sun exposed areas when outside.
Best of Health!