New Study Questions Effectiveness Of Sunscreens

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Environmental Working Group research claims that three out of five sunscreens fail to protect your skin from certain ultraviolet rays. But what do local doctors say?

“It is kind of scary, but I guess you don’t really think of it when you are outside taking a walk for a half hour,” said Gina Tudi.

She is hardly alone when it comes to sometimes ignoring skin protection.

“I know a lot of girls look more for the color,” said Kellie Koshute. “My sister specifically loves the tanning oil that isn’t more than a SPF 10 – a shimmery oil that you put on your skin.”

The findings from the Environmental Working Group come after it says the FDA failed to release new sunscreen regulations for four years. Yet, not everyone buys the group’s findings.

“What disturbs me as a dermatologist is that some of the data that they are telling people to stay away from – sunscreens in general or certain ingredients in sunscreens – is somewhat spurious,” said Dr. John Patrick Welsh, a dermatologist at Allegheny General Hospital. “There isn’t a lot of hard scientific data.”

For instance, the study advises consumers avoid products with retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone.

“Products like oxybenzone, that they say alters hormonal levels, we don’t have any hard, definable, scientific data that agrees with that position,” said Dr. Welsh.

Welsh fears the Environmental Working Group study will prompt some people to stop using sunscreen all together.

“We know that skin cancer is on the rise – three-and-a-half million cases per year of skin cancer in the United States – and if we can prevent a few of those by using sunscreens and sun avoidance and use of sun-protective clothing, that’s certainly the goal for all dermatologists,” he said.

Doctors stress that when it comes to sun protection, some is better than none at all.

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One Comment

  1. rkc says:

    Perhaps the chemicals in sunscreens are causing the skin cancer or all the toxic chemical processed food people eat. We all have cancer cells in our bodies, however, the bad decisions we make by consuming toxic chemicals waken and feed that cancer and ignoring all the nutritional food (organic fruits/veggies, local produce, herbs/spices, good fats, and cooking at home) that actually fights, blocks, and destroys cancer. When you eat fruits and vegetables that are laden with toxic pesticides, processed food that is full of genetically modified High Fructose Corn Syrup and other toxic chemicals and use highly absorbable toxic chemicals to clean your house and body; well you reap what you sow.

  2. paul says:

    I could see you being one of those parents who goes to a child’s party and finds every little thing wrong with the food “umm why is there high fructose corn syrup in my kids punch..? ” IDK sorry sam you’re just an ass i didn’t even know why i invited you to this party bec you would say something disrespectful like that.. that was the only recent SNL skit that i found funny lol..

    Look at it like this, cannabis has been proven to inhibit cancer so reap what you don’t sow;D

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