WASHINGTON (May 24) — Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives, according to an evaluation of those products released today.
AOL News also has learned through documents and interviews that the Food and Drug Administration has known of the potential danger for as long as a decade without alerting the public, which the FDA denies.
The study was released with Memorial Day weekend approaching. Store shelves throughout the country are already crammed with tubes, jars, bottles and spray cans of sunscreen.
The white goop, creams and ointments might prevent sunburn. But don’t count on them to keep the ultraviolet light from destroying your skin cells and causing tumors and lesions, according to researchers at Environmental Working Group.
To read the entire article (we’ll warn you, it’s a bit “scientific”) click HERE.
To see the Environmental Working Groups rating of the best suncreens, click HERE. Like us, you may be switching brands after reading.
To see the Environmental Working Groups Hall of Shame, click HERE.
Quick Tips for a Good Sunscreen
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
Added insect repellent
Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX
SPF above 50+
Water-resistant for beach, pool & exercise
SPF 30+ for beach & pool