Tanning - The Sunscreen Worse then the Sun?

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    May 20, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    25 MAR 2008 A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. A companion study published just one day earlier revealed that this chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.

    Environmental Working Group identified nearly 600 sunscreens sold in the U.S. that contain oxybenzone, including products by Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, and Banana Boat (see the full list of 588 sunscreens here) as well as 172 facial moisturizers, 111 lip balms, and 81 different types of lipstick.

    http://www.ewg.org/node/26212

    There is evidence that exposure to sunlight early in life may actually prevent skin cancer. As for me, I tend to prefer the natural way, tan moderately from normal outdoor activities, be sane avoid severe burns with clothing instead of slathering on gallons of greasy slop.
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    May 20, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    I like the natural way, too. My intuition wondered whether anything in sunscreen was absorbed through the skin, and I stopped using it years ago.

    I'm going to continue to trust my intuition on mosquito repellant, non-organic milk, and GMO foods.

    Charlie
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    Thank you for this informative topic. I'll be more aware of which sunscreen to purchase. Then again, I don't spend too much time in the sun, or the overcast weather that the Bay Area experiences (for there is still UV rays).
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    Jul 21, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    I've always wondered about this. But since I literally burn in 15 minutes of strong sunlight (if i don't have any type of tan already) I basically have to use it, or wear clothing everywhere. So yeah, guess I'll stick with the nasty stuff (I hate putting it on!!)
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    Jul 21, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    you know what, everyday they find some new product that will kill you whether its muscle milk, aspertame, etc. Im sure you can find something wrong with everything not completely natural

    I work outside and Im in the sun everyday. I use sunscreen on the beach, ive been using it more and more at work but alot times dont. Hopefully it does not catch up to me and Im lucky
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    Jul 21, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    most of the nasty melanomas, the ones that could cause death are not caused by the sun.
    but a lot of the others are . Those are treatable but can leave pretty bad lesions ( ear lobe, nostrils ) .

    Melanomas are increasing and at an increasingly younger age .

    So , choose your evils carefully : bad sunscreens or over exposition to the sun .

    this said, i don't over concern myself. I put sunscreen if i'm working under the midday sun . But if i'm biking in late afternoon let's say, i put nothing on.
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    Jul 21, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    Sometimes it seems like you can't win. I quit trying to get a tan about 10 years ago and started using sunscreen pretty much everyday. I know I look better with a tan but my intuition tells me to stay out of the sun or at least limit the amount of time I stay outside or ride around with the top down. Thanks to the OP though for the info on oxybenzone and something to possibly avoid when buying sunscreens in the future.
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    Jul 21, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    As a lifeguard who spends 4+ hours in the sun every day I find suncreen to be very useful in preventing uncomfortable and damaging sunburns. That said, once I get tan I can go without if from time to time. I am the only person in my family who tans though.