April 03, 2019

Sun Smart Behavior Includes Seaking Shade, Sun Protective Clothing And Choosing The Right Sunscreen Lotion.

From KITV4 Honolulu... Hawaii was the first state to ban certain sunscreen lotions now KITV reports Key West possible doing the same.

https://www.kitv.com/story/40189941/key-west-looking-to-ban-certain-sunscreens-harmful-to-coral-reefs-ringing-bells-in-the-medical-community

Key West looking to ban certain sunscreens harmful to coral reefs; ringing bells in the medical community

While some sunscreens only block one type of ray, the American Academy of Dermatology says oxybenzone is among the few FDA approved ingredients able to blocks both.

Protecting the ocean, protecting our skin, two sides of a growing debate.

"It's not just coral. It is also toxic to fish, it's toxic to algae. Oxybenzone is almost like an herbicide," Craig Downs, Exec. Director, Haereticus Environmental Laboratory.

UVA rays from the sun penetrate deeper layers of skin and are linked to melanoma. UVB rays damage outer layers and cause sunburns.

While some sunscreens only block one type of ray, the American Academy of Dermatology says oxybenzone is among the few FDA approved ingredients able to blocks both.

"The AADs recommendations are based on the existing body of scientific evidence. It may evolve if science evolves but right now the research is not very persuasive," said Dermatologist Dr. Terrence Cronin.

For those concerned about the environment, there is some middle ground.

"Using sunscreen is just part of a comprehensive sun protection plan. Sun smart behavior is seeking out the shade, wearing sun protective clothing," said Cronin.

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