REPORT: Cancer-causing chemical found in sunscreen

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The same company that recently found unsafe levels of a cancer-causing chemical in many hand sanitizers has found the same chemical in another common household product: sunscreen. That’s according to a recent study by consumer watchdog company Valisure.

Over 294 batches of sunscreen and after care sun products from 69 different companies were tested.

Seventy-eight of them reportedly contained the known carcinogen, benzene.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricts the use of benzene to specific circumstances and limits the amount that can be used, says Valisure.

Sunscreen and sun care products do not meet the criteria for use of benzene, according to Valisure. And even if they did, many of the products contained much more than the FDA approved levels of benzene, says the report.

Valisure has petitioned the FDA to recall the contaminated batches of sun care products.

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4 thoughts on “REPORT: Cancer-causing chemical found in sunscreen”

  1. Karen Kowalczyk

    Hi Sharyl!

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve never used it because it didn’t seem right for some reason to me to stop the wonderful benefits from the sun. Just got out of the sun or covered up before I got burned! Enjoy your reports over the years and thank you for being out there for us.

  2. Michael Sterling

    I’ve seen the studies that came out in the 80’s when they first started pushing it on the market. Still won’t use it.
    Convenient that it blocks vitamin D absorption (for the pharmaceutical companies).
    Keep up the good research – into everything!

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