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 that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop protecting your 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 Associates – 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.”
Norton Community Medical Associates provides primary care in Louisville, Southern Indiana and surrounding areas at more than 30 locations.
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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, which included applying sunscreens in various forms four times per day. The JAMA study found high absorption of chemical sunscreen ingredients avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule.
Presley encourages that everyone should protect their skin, no matter their age, race, skin tone, or gender as well as if they already have skin sun damage.
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