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BURN - Health Impacts of Sunscreen Worse Than UV Damage

BURN - Health Impacts of Sunscreen Worse Than UV Damage

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BURN: Health Impacts of Sunscreen Found to be Worse Than UV Damage!
10th May 2014 By Marie Be, Guest Writer for  Wake Up World  It has long been known that sunscreen products are detrimental to our health. But how bad? And what is worse: UV damage, chemical sunscreens or mineral sunscreens? Would there be any alternative ways to  protect the skin against UV rays, without necessarily hiding behind an umbrella all day? Safe sun protection seems like another topic overloaded with information, where nothing seems quite clear. This article makes sense of the whole issue by gathering independent scientific data from worldwide sources and linking it to how your body reacts to sunscreen ingredients and UV rays. While
undertaking this research, we’ve even discovered alternative and natural ways to protect your skin against
UV rays! Over the past decade, dozens of studies from third-party scientific groups have examined the potential
health hazards of sunscreen chemicals that permeate the skin. Sunscreen’s active ingredients are present
in large concentrations in order to filter UVA and UVB rays, and their repeated application over large  portions of the skin means that the body absorbs high concentrations of toxic chemicals. Sunscreen ingredients are well known to cause poisoning, hormone disruption, degenerative changes in cells of the skin, DNA damage, free-radical generation leading to premature ageing, a compromised immune system and increased risk of melanoma. The Environmental Working Group writes:
“The ideal sunscreen would completely block UV rays that cause sunburn, immune suppression and
damaging free radicals. It would remain effective on the skin for several hours. It would not form harmful ingredients when degraded by sunlight. It would smell and feel pleasant so that people would use more of it.
No sunscreen meets these goals 
. Consumers must choose
between “chemical” sunscreens, which have
 
inferior stability, penetrate the skin and may disrupt the body’s hormone system, and “mineral”  sunscreens, made with zinc and titanium, often “micronized” or containing nano
-
 particles.”
 
Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens deserve special awareness, as they are known to permeate the skin. Chemical sunscreens typically include a combination of three to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Laboratory studies indicate that these chemicals break down when exposed to sunlight, mimicking
estrogen and disrupting the body’s hormone (endocrine) system.[1] Research suggests that oxybenzone,
4-MBC and octinoxate are also toxic to human reproductive systems and interfere with normal development.[2] In North-America, oxybenzone is found in 80 percent of chemical sunscreens. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detected oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the U.S.  population, with higher concentrations found during the summer months.[3] Other studies have detected common sunscreen chemicals in breast milk, which affects the normal development of fetuses and newborns.[4] Furthermore, a 
 indicates that many agents commonly used in chemical sunscreens - including benzophenones, PABA, cinnamates, salicylates, anthranilates, PSBA, mexenone, and oxybenzone
 – 
 increase photosensitivity or have photo-reactive agents in them. This means that applying these chemicals to your body during periods of sun exposure actually heightens the
 body’s reactivity to UV radiation and
increases the risk of skin cancer.
Mineral Sunscreens
In the mainstream media, mineral sunscreens are portrayed as the safe alternative to chemical sunscreens. In fact, once exposed to sunlight, mineral filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been found to undergo a chemical reaction that releases free radicals in the body, damaging surrounding cells. Free radicals cause cell and DNA damage, premature ageing and increase the risk of skin cancer.
According to the environmental working group, “mineral sunscreen could pose a risk of skin damage if manufacturers do not select forms that are coated with inert chemicals to reduce photoactivity”. In other
words, they use chemicals to alter the hazardous effects of mineral filters breaking down in sunlight. This is a problem: there is absolutely no research on chemicals used to reduce the photoreactivity of mineral sunscreens.
 
Additionally, mineral filters release carcinogenic nanoparticles one-twentieth the thickness of a human hair. Nanoparticles are not properly regulated, allowing manufacturers to cheap out on quality and safety[5]. These particles are volatile; they can lodge in the lungs, reach the bloodstream and extensively damage living cells and internal organs.[6] On top of it all, nanoparticles also react to UV rays faster, increasing the amount of free radicals produced and drastically increasing UV damage in the body. Additionally, sunscreen nano-ingredients have been shown to damage ecosystems as they accumulate in the food chain, disrupting hormones of animals and humans.[7] The environmental impact of nanoparticle pollution has not been sufficiently assessed, but experts suspect that nanoparticles are highly  prone to bioaccumulation[8].
Beware of false claims. Mineral sunscreens are commonly advertised as the “safe” alternative to chemical
sunscreens, but their chemical content is un-regulated and un-tested. Some other commonly misleading claims are products advertised as
“non
-
nano” titanium dioxide and zinc oxide: all mineral sunscreens
must be delivered in nanoparticle form to efficiently block UV rays.
Understanding the Health Effects of UV Rays
Wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunburns does not mean your skin is adequately protected. UVA and UVB rays have very distinct properties when interacting with the skin. UVA rays damage skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. They  penetrate deeper into skin tissue where they release free radicals, damaging DNA and skin cells,  promoting skin aging and causing skin cancer.
UVB rays stimulate the production of new melanin and a thicker epidermis, which are your body’s
natural defense against UVA damage. They also cause sunburns
, which are the body’s natural warning
and protection system against UVA damage. UVB rays are necessary to build the precursors to vitamin D in the skin[10]. Vitamin D is a hormone essential to calcium absorption, promoting bone health. It is also essential to a strong immune system and helps protect against breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancer. About one-fourth of North-Americans have low levels of vitamin D[11], which has been associated with increased cardiovascular mortality, colon cancer mortality, breast cancer, skin cancer, metabolic disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, upper respiratory tract infections and other microbe-caused infections[12].
Basically, for a sun protection lotion to be effective, it should block cancer-causing UVAs while allowing healing UVBs to interact with the skin.
 

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