Diane Pham

A New Study Finds Only 8% of Sunscreens are Effective

by , 05/29/10

You may have already started stocking up on sunscreen for the summer, but you might want to wait a second before slathering it onto your delicate skin. A recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that only 39 of 500 sunscreens on the market— a dismal 8%—made the grade for safety. But the scare doesn’t stop there, the study also found that most sunscreens could also contain potentially hazardous ingredients, including a form of vitamin A that is linked to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions. So in the face of a depleted ozone layer and impending summer sun, what’s one got to do to get some decent sunblock?

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  1. nlfn May 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    The Environmental Working Group has long been a source of ‘scare science’. Discover Magazine debunks this here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/05/26/nobody-panic-wearing-sunscreen-is-unlikely-to-be-a-cancer-risk/

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