09 Mar Could Sunscreen Actually Be Harmful?
Dr Molton weighs in on the FDA’s latest findings on how sunscreen ingredients affect your health.
Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration conducted a study on sunscreen ingredients and reportedly found harmful toxins in the bloodstream of test subjects.
However, the circumstances surrounding this study do not replicate realistic circumstances, so just how trustworthy are these findings?
Dr Molton, the President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), weighed in on these findings and the fact that it could be discouraging people to stop using sunscreen altogether.
“Given that we have one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, Australians should not suddenly stop using sunscreen based on this study,” continued Dr Molton, “But there may well be a need for more research regarding the recommended application of sunscreen every two hours, as advised by the Cancer Council. The Cancer Council also advises that sunscreen should be applied under makeup that already contains sunscreen and reapplied every two hours during longer periods of sun exposure”.