With summer in full swing, when you hit the beach or the pool, or even just go for a walk, sun protection is vital. Not only does it prevent sunburns and premature aging, dermatologists will tell you it also combats skin cancer, which kills nearly 20 people in the U.S. each day.
But sunscreens come in many brands, SPFs and formulas — all of which can be confusing. On top of that, a recent study from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration showed that some common sunscreen ingredients are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, the consequences of which are unknown.
Should we be wary of sunscreens? Experts say the answer may depend on your sunscreen’s ingredients, but regardless, the benefits of using sun protection far outweigh the risks. The American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society and the FDA all continue to recommend regular sunscreen application.
“Everyone recommends the use of sunscreen,” said Theresa Michele, the director of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products and one of the authors of the recent study. “There’s good reason to be making sure people don’t burn out there.”
The PBS NewsHour dove into what you should look for in sunscreens, why you should wear them and why researchers and the FDA still think they’re safe.
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