"Sunscreen" is one of those words that make a little bit on panic wash over moms. We worry about making sure enough is applied to our kid's precious skin when they are out in the sun for a prolonged period of time and we worry about choosing the right brand to protect them. A new study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration branch, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, shows that the chemicals from sunscreen enter our bloodstream pretty much immediately, at only one day after use, making choosing the right product even more important.
With skin cancer becoming a bigger and bigger issue here in the United States, it's important to protect ourselves every time we go out into the sun. While many of our cosmetics can have sunscreen built in, the easiest and most preventable way to protect ourselves and our families from skin cancer is through applying sunscreen regularly to our skin each day.
The study, published in JAMA, studied this concept fully. It looked at blood samples from 24 different people who applied the maximum recommended level of sunscreen to 75 percent of their bodies for a week. The study scientists focused on the four most commonly used and active ingredients in sunscreen: avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene.
They found that these 24 participants had higher than what is recommended of these chemicals in their blood. This amount is based on what the FDA’s says is how much of these active ingredient can be in someone’s bloodstream before it needs to be tested for safety concerns - which is obviously alarming to parents.
What is the reason for these high chemical amounts? Researchers are sharing that it has a lot to do with advances in sun screen as a whole. As more and more information is being collected and applied to the creation of new sunscreen, higher quantities of chemicals are being used to protect our skin from the sun.
The FDA cautions that “these changing conditions of use and differences in sunscreen formulation may also lead to greater absorption and possibly additional risks.”
It's important to note that this was just a small study and they don't want to cause for any alarm. Former FDA Chairman Dr. Robert Califf assured readers that just because the research found chemical levels "well above the FDA guideline does not mean these ingredients are unsafe."
A huge takeway, Alex Kowcz, chief scientist for the council shares is that, "the presence of sunscreens in plasma after maximal use does not necessarily lead to safety issues."
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