Sunscreen – protection or poison?

The standard utilization of sun block product might provide some defense against

sunburn, but this may also have quite serious health problems – to live in and also the

wider atmosphere.

The sun block market is huge – worth vast amounts of dollars yearly. It rose

to mega-profitability whenever a link is made between cancer of the skin and also over-exposure

towards the sun within the late 60’s/early 1970’s. The incidence of cancer of the skin

keeps rising despite the fact that these items are broadly used.

The most recent

analysis through the Environment Working Number of over 1,700 sun screens

along with other sun-obstructing items presently available on the market found only 1 in 5 sun screens

gained kudos for safety and effectiveness. Leading brands were again this season

one of the worst culprits.

The correct answer is disturbing what’s in certain sun block formulations. Here is a partial


Aminobenzoic acidity – possible

carcinogen might be suggested as a factor in coronary disease.

Avobenzone – possible carcinogen

Cinoxate – some proof of skin


Dioxybenzone – strong proof of

skin toxicity and possible carcinogen hormone disruptor and has been discovered in

rivers, soil and air. Continues to be proven to possess a “gender bender”

effect in creatures

Diazolidinyl urea – possible

carcinogen, endocrine, nervous system and brain effects, skin toxicity

an compromises the defense mechanisms

Ecamsule – might be cancer causing

Homosalate – endocrine disruption

Methylparaben – intervenes with genes

Octocrylene – discovered to be persistent

and bioaccumulative in wildlife, liver issues and possible carcinogen

Octyl methoxycinnamate – builds up

in your body, may disrupt liver and it is a potential carcinogen

Octyl salicylate – broad systemic

effects in creatures at moderate doses

Oxybenzone – possible carcinogen and

cause of vascular disease, may modify the brain and central nervous system in


Padimate O – suspected carcinogen

Phenylbenzimidazole – possible


Phenoxyethanol – irritant, possible

carcinogen, endocrine disruption

Sulisobenzone – strong proof of

skin toxicity, affects sense organs in creatures

Titanium dioxide – suspected

carcinogen much more nanomaterial form

Zinc Oxide – bioaccumulative in

wildlife, proof of reproductive toxicity

Scents, colors and chemical preservatives – I dispise to consider

To avoid cancer of the skin, we have to slap on potentially cancer causing compounds

and chemicals that hinder our immune and reproductive systems which

also pose a risk towards the wider atmosphere?

An incredible number of gallons of sun block is consumed every year. After application, it

does not inexplicably vanish – it ends up either soaking into our physiques and

accumulating there or perhaps is passed (in to the atmosphere) or cleaned off again –

in to the atmosphere.

I am now just a little cynical concerning the stated advantages of sun block. Sure, it

may stop us from burning but is not that nature’s method of telling us “get

the heck from the sun and do not stay out here this lengthy again”? And aside

all the harmful chemicals, will it really stop melanomas, probably the most harmful type

of cancer of the skin, from developing?

Nobody has proven that sun block helps safeguard against melanomas so far as I

know. Actually, a few of the advice from scientists I have read essentially states

“we do not know, however, you ought to keep using sun block – simply to be

safe”. How safe shall we be in using these chemical cocktails?

Among the other issues with sun block is to be able to work against

less serious types of cancer of the skin, you should utilize a variety of it, and more

frequently than the producers recommend and no matter exactly what the SPF

rating is.

If you are in shorts along with a t-shirt and dealing up a little of the sweat, the total amount

you’d want to use over an 8 hour period may be the equal to one hundred ml or 3.5

ounce tube. Let’s suppose you labored outdoors every day and adopted “best

practice” sun block application – it might set you back a lot of money, to not

mention getting applied much fat of toxic chemicals for your body each year.

Let us remember about everything packaging too – mainly plastic tubes and pump

packs that end up in landfill – an incredible number of them every year.

By utilizing sun block, shall we be changing the chance of one sort of cancer for additional

serious kinds, plus other health insurance and environment problems?

After many hrs of reading through about them the least expensive, most earth friendly

and proven sun block solutions I possibly could find are:

– avoid the sun

– avoid the sun especially between 10 and 3pm

– if you need to spend some time under the sun, hide, put on a large brimmed hat and ultra violet


It’s essentially all just good sense.

Used to do run into earth friendly items that contained herbal treatments and oils to

replace a few of the chemicals in the above list, but I am not really confident after

the studies I have read regarding how effective these may be when it comes to stopping

melanoma or any other types of cancer of the skin. Additionally, there are the problem of micronized

and nanoparticle elements that are still frequently present in otherwise

eco-friendly items. The Environment Working Group has listed what it really thinks to

be “good”

sun screens here but even they are saying “the very best sun block is really a hat along with a shirt”.

Many people just aren’t designed to spend extended periods under the sun – and lightweight

skinned Caucasians really are a group most in danger. Individuals with lighter features are 20

occasions more prone to develop melanoma than African People in america.

Possibly it is simply another situation people requiring to utilize the

atmosphere rather than attempting to beat it constantly.