Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?

How to tell if your sunscreen is toxicAfter a brutal winter and harsh spring storms, we’re all ready for a little fun in the sun. But before you hit the beach, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants to remind you to slather on your sunscreen–without worry. Should you believe them?

This week, the AAD released a statement reemphasizing the fact that the use of sunscreen is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from skin cancer. They directly countered claims, which received wide attention in the past year, that say that the ingredients in sunscreen are toxic and more harmful than the ultraviolet radiation sunscreens are meant to protect us from.

In addition to pointing out serious problems in the reports that criticize the ingredients in sunscreen, the AAD pointed to the bottom-line facts: There will be 2 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer in 2011 and rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been rising for at least 30 years.

By reducing your exposure to ultra violet radiation, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. There are some very simple steps you can take to protect yourself, including avoiding sun exposure during peak sun times and wearing protective clothing such as broad brimmed hats. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers more specific guidelines for using sunscreen appropriately, advising you to:

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher for everyday activities and a water-resistant SPF of 30 or higher for extended outdoor activity.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) 30 minutes before going outside and to reapply every two hours or after swimming and sweating.
  • Use sunscreen only on children aged six months or older. Newborns should not be exposed to the sun.

Another concern with sunscreen use has been the belief that using sunscreen can prevent you from getting enough vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin” that helps you absorb calcium. As per the AAD, you can get the recommended allowance of vitamin D by eating foods naturally high in vitamin D along with fortified products. If you have concerns about your intake, talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement.

Still, some groups say that more research is needed to determine if certain ingredients are safe for special populations such as pregnant women. Consumer Reports recently noted concerns related to an ingredient in some sunscreens, etinyl palmitate. Because this converts to retinoids, which have been linked to birth defects, Consumer Reports states, “As a precaution, pregnant women may want to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate.”

More on Skin Care and the Sun:
Find Tips on Preventing Melanoma
How to Perform a Skin Self Exam
Best Sunscreens from Consumer Reports

More Stories >

Debugging information below
(This will not show up in Production)

Total Queries ran on page 87
Time Query
Time Query
0.00099396705627441 SELECT ID, post_name, post_parent, post_type FROM wp_posts WHERE post_name IN ('health-and-wellness','is-your-sunscreen-toxic') AND post_type IN ('page','attachment')
0.00079703330993652 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.post_name = 'is-your-sunscreen-toxic' AND wp_posts.post_type = 'post' ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC
0.00059199333190918 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (16242) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.2956085205078E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND t.slug = 'health-and-wellness' ORDER BY t.name ASC
0.0001060962677002 SELECT term_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_termmeta WHERE term_id IN (10664) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
0.00043487548828125 SELECT tr.term_taxonomy_id FROM wp_term_relationships AS tr INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tr.object_id IN (16242) AND tt.taxonomy IN ('category') ORDER BY tr.term_taxonomy_id ASC
0.0002748966217041 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 16242 LIMIT 1
0.0011239051818848 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
0.00025296211242676 SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '351'
0.0003199577331543 SELECT user_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_usermeta WHERE user_id IN (351) ORDER BY umeta_id ASC
0.00062799453735352 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('post_tag') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
0.00056099891662598 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('post_format') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
6.8187713623047E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 10280
6.3180923461914E-5 SELECT tr.object_id FROM wp_term_relationships AS tr INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('nav_menu') AND tt.term_id IN ('10280') ORDER BY tr.object_id ASC
9.1075897216797E-5 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.ID IN (15201,17412,17413,17414,17415,17416,17417,17418,17419,17420,17421,17422,17423,17424,17425) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'nav_menu_item' AND ((wp_posts.post_status = 'publish')) ORDER BY wp_posts.menu_order ASC
6.413459777832E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15201) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.7949295043945E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17412) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.8902969360352E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17413) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.2956085205078E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17414) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
8.4877014160156E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17415) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.8902969360352E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17416) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.1048736572266E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17417) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.8187713623047E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17418) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.5088272094727E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17419) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.8187713623047E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17420) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.5803527832031E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17421) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.5088272094727E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17422) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.7009201049805E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17423) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.7949295043945E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17425) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.6995620727539E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (17424) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.8916549682617E-5 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.ID IN (2) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'page' AND ((wp_posts.post_status = 'publish')) ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC
8.0108642578125E-5 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 2 LIMIT 1
7.7009201049805E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 17435
7.4863433837891E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 10679
7.2002410888672E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 10663
7.319450378418E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 5913
7.2956085205078E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 4
6.9141387939453E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 5
7.1048736572266E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 2507
6.6041946411133E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 2258
6.9856643676758E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 6
6.8902969360352E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 3
6.6995620727539E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 2421
7.3909759521484E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 10913
0.00053095817565918 SELECT t.term_id FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
7.0095062255859E-5 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON t.term_id = tt.term_id WHERE t.term_id = 10282
6.103515625E-5 SELECT tr.object_id FROM wp_term_relationships AS tr INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('nav_menu') AND tt.term_id IN ('10282') ORDER BY tr.object_id ASC
8.0108642578125E-5 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.ID IN (15204,15205,15206,15207,15208) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'nav_menu_item' AND ((wp_posts.post_status = 'publish')) ORDER BY wp_posts.menu_order ASC
6.7949295043945E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15204) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.6041946411133E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15205) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.3180923461914E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15206) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
7.0810317993164E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15207) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.6995620727539E-5 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (15208) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.5088272094727E-5 SELECT t.term_id FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
6.0081481933594E-5 SELECT tr.object_id FROM wp_term_relationships AS tr INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('nav_menu') AND tt.term_id IN ('10282') ORDER BY tr.object_id ASC
8.1062316894531E-5 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.ID IN (15204,15205,15206,15207,15208) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'nav_menu_item' AND ((wp_posts.post_status = 'publish')) ORDER BY wp_posts.menu_order ASC
6.0081481933594E-5 SELECT t.term_id FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (16242) ORDER BY t.name ASC
0.00046110153198242 SELECT p.ID FROM wp_posts AS p WHERE p.post_date > '2011-05-27 11:00:05' AND p.post_type = 'post' AND p.post_status = 'publish' ORDER BY p.post_date ASC LIMIT 1
0.00021791458129883 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 16224 LIMIT 1
0.00077390670776367 SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (16224) ORDER BY t.name ASC
6.4849853515625E-5 SELECT term_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_termmeta WHERE term_id IN (10657) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
5.8889389038086E-5 SELECT `post_id` FROM `wp_postmeta` WHERE `meta_key` = 'bk_isbn' AND `meta_value` = '';
0.00040602684020996 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (2758) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
0.0039689540863037 SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS wp_posts.ID FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND ( wp_posts.post_date >= '2012-01-01 00:00:00' ) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'post' AND (wp_posts.post_status = 'publish') ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 0, 4
8.2015991210938E-5 SELECT FOUND_ROWS()
0.0004570484161377 SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE ID IN (3187,5040,9578,16693)
0.0022430419921875 SELECT t.*, tt.*, tr.object_id FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category', 'post_tag', 'post_format') AND tr.object_id IN (3187, 5040, 9578, 16693) ORDER BY t.name ASC
0.00085115432739258 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (3187,5040,9578,16693) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
6.9856643676758E-5 SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '1'
7.5101852416992E-5 SELECT user_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_usermeta WHERE user_id IN (1) ORDER BY umeta_id ASC
0.00023293495178223 SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '109'
0.00029706954956055 SELECT user_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_usermeta WHERE user_id IN (109) ORDER BY umeta_id ASC
0.035454034805298 SELECT `ID` FROM wp_posts WHERE `post_title` = '1002_Life_Family_Love_dating_sunset'
0.00030112266540527 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 5041 LIMIT 1
0.00043702125549316 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (5041) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
0.0052130222320557 SELECT `post_id` FROM `wp_postmeta` WHERE `meta_key` = 'bk_isbn' AND `meta_value` = '9781476727912';
0.00023603439331055 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 6217 LIMIT 1
0.00017905235290527 SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '204'
0.00032711029052734 SELECT user_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_usermeta WHERE user_id IN (204) ORDER BY umeta_id ASC
0.00025415420532227 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 9628 LIMIT 1
0.00037479400634766 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (9628) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
0.0049130916595459 SELECT `post_id` FROM `wp_postmeta` WHERE `meta_key` = 'bk_isbn' AND `meta_value` = '9781476706351';
0.00020003318786621 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 9569 LIMIT 1
6.8902969360352E-5 SELECT * FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '58'
6.7949295043945E-5 SELECT user_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_usermeta WHERE user_id IN (58) ORDER BY umeta_id ASC
0.00019001960754395 SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ID = 8689 LIMIT 1
0.00036287307739258 SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM wp_postmeta WHERE post_id IN (8689) ORDER BY meta_id ASC
WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 16242
    [post_author] => 351
    [post_date] => 2011-05-27 11:00:05
    [post_date_gmt] => 2011-05-27 15:00:05
    [post_content] => How to tell if your sunscreen is toxicAfter a brutal winter and harsh spring storms, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. But before you hit the beach, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants to remind you to slather on your sunscreen--without worry. Should you believe them?

This week, the AAD released a statement reemphasizing the fact that the use of sunscreen is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from skin cancer. They directly countered claims, which received wide attention in the past year, that say that the ingredients in sunscreen are toxic and more harmful than the ultraviolet radiation sunscreens are meant to protect us from.

In addition to pointing out serious problems in the reports that criticize the ingredients in sunscreen, the AAD pointed to the bottom-line facts: There will be 2 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer in 2011 and rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been rising for at least 30 years.

By reducing your exposure to ultra violet radiation, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. There are some very simple steps you can take to protect yourself, including avoiding sun exposure during peak sun times and wearing protective clothing such as broad brimmed hats. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers more specific guidelines for using sunscreen appropriately, advising you to:
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher for everyday activities and a water-resistant SPF of 30 or higher for extended outdoor activity.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) 30 minutes before going outside and to reapply every two hours or after swimming and sweating.
  • Use sunscreen only on children aged six months or older. Newborns should not be exposed to the sun.
Another concern with sunscreen use has been the belief that using sunscreen can prevent you from getting enough vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin" that helps you absorb calcium. As per the AAD, you can get the recommended allowance of vitamin D by eating foods naturally high in vitamin D along with fortified products. If you have concerns about your intake, talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement. Still, some groups say that more research is needed to determine if certain ingredients are safe for special populations such as pregnant women. Consumer Reports recently noted concerns related to an ingredient in some sunscreens, etinyl palmitate. Because this converts to retinoids, which have been linked to birth defects, Consumer Reports states, "As a precaution, pregnant women may want to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate." More on Skin Care and the Sun: --Find Tips on Preventing Melanoma --How to Perform a Skin Self Exam --Best Sunscreens from Consumer Reports [post_title] => Is Your Sunscreen Toxic? [post_excerpt] => After a brutal winter and harsh spring storms, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. But before you hit the beach, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants to remind you to slather on your sunscreen--without worry. Should you believe them? [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => is-your-sunscreen-toxic [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-05-27 11:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-05-27 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tipsonhealthyliving.com/?p=2702 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )