Human Usage of Sunscreen Chemicals: A Possible Threat

The sunscreen lotions used by people for protecting themselves from the sun rays may have chemicals that get soaked into the blood. An experimental study by the US food and drug administration states that the sun screens used by people on a regular basis has certain chemicals which penetrate inside the body of the person who applies and mixes with the blood of the user.

The researcher tried an experiment with the sun screen lotion containing 6 chemicals- oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, avobenzone, octisalate and octinoxate. The lotion was applied for 4 days on 48 healthy volunteers. After the 4 days, the volunteers underwent a blood test which confirm the presence of these UV filter.

The report confirmed the presence of these chemicals in the people’s blood. The quantity of the ingredients was higher than 0.5ng/ml. FDA has given a benchmark for further analysis of the substance, however the levels of these substances can increase.

The director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock says that the report shows absorption of ingredients of the sunscreen lotion is confirmed but it doesn’t state that the chemicals that penetrate are harmful for the humans. There will be further analysis on the safety of the product by FDA to tell the effects of chronic usage of the sun screen lotion.

The skin and cancer specialists say that there is no proof of these substances to be harmful; and people should use the sunscreen lotions to prevent themselves from sun burns and avoid a long term risk of skin cancer because of it.