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Bill requiring prescription for most sunscreens called ‘terrible’ idea by experts

Most sunscreens in Florida will only be available by prescription if a state senator gets her way.

Florida senator Linda Stewart is proposing a new bill that would require people in the state to get a physician’s prescription for sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate — two popular ingredients that have already been banned in Hawaii (and will soon be followed by Key West, Fla., in 2021) “due to their harmful effect on the coral reefs,” according to a 2018 study. Another found that the ingredients can possibly lead to “coral reef bleaching,” potentially shortening their lifespan, and when found in fish, may affect the food chain.

But not everyone is happy about the proposed bill, with some dermatologists arguing that making it harder to access sunscreen can have negative consequences.

Jeremy Fenton, MD, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, agrees: “Making some types of sunscreens by prescription only may reduce the use of sunscreen overall, leading to an increase in skin cancer,” Fenton tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

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Source: Yahoo Lifestyle – Bill requiring prescription for most sunscreens called ‘terrible’ idea by experts By, Rachel Grumman Bender


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