Eco-friendly sunscreens may sound like a good idea, but dermatologists actually want you to avoid them
With Hawaii ushering in new legislation that will ban the sale of chemical sunscreens, which can be toxic to coral reefs and marine life, consumers might be putting themselves at risk.
Chemical sunscreens, which contain ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, are effective because they block UVA and UVB rays, Dr. Darrell Rigel, a board-certified dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, told INSIDER.
Chemical sunscreens also don’t easily wash off from sweat and water, unlike mineral-based sunscreens, which make it more effective for people who don’t reapply sunblock.
“We know that regular use of sunscreen reduces the risk for melanoma and skin cancer,” Dr. Rigel said. “One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime.”
Despite concerns from dermatologists like Dr. Rigel about cancer, mineral sunscreens are still safe to use and just as effective; they may just require a heavier hand during application.
Source: Insider – Eco-friendly sunscreens may sound like a good idea, but dermatologists actually want you to avoid them By, Amanda Eisenberg