HOUSTON – A recent report says dozens of popular sunscreens contain a chemical called benzene.
Benzene is not a normal ingredient in sunscreen. The group that did the test, Valisure, says it’s in 78 different products and has been linked to cancer.
In 2019, another study made headlines claiming sunscreen is absorbed into the bloodstream. In general, that didn’t alarm too many doctors, because the benefits of protecting against skin cancer outweigh the risk of potentially absorbing sunscreen ingredients.
dr. However, Matthew Wilber, a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics, said benzene is bad.
“Benzene is such a toxic chemical that it shouldn’t exist in our environment at all,” said Dr. Wilber.
In fact, nearly all health authorities, including OSHA, EPA, and FDA, are all on board with extensive restrictions on the chemical due to its unacceptable toxicity. Yet they fall short in specifically defining the limits in products such as sunscreen where it is not an ingredient.
So why, according to Valisure, do products like Neutrogena, Walgreens, CVS, Banana Boat, and Sun Bum have 7,000 times the recommended limit?
The Advocacy Council released the following statement on the findings:
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