Most sunblocks cause skin hazards

July 3rd, 2008 - 3:41 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

It has been recently found by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that four out of five brand-name sunscreens are not adequate in quality for consumers.

More than 1,000 sunscreen products were being tested, they have either found to be inadequately protect consumers or contain chemicals that might cause health hazards, EWG said in a statement.

They found that most of the sunscreen products with an SPF 15 or higher, around 85 percent of the products put ingredient which are not carefully tested for safety before sending to the market or are already considered to be risky for health or they are simply did not appropriately protect skin from UV rays.

According to EWG tests,the top three brand names were also the worst. Market leader Coppertone did not have any product among the 41 tested which met all the required criteria. Only 1 of 103 products from Neutrogena and Banana Boat, the second- and third-largest manufacturers, passed the tests.

Research study is based on nearly 400 papers on the 17 chemicals which used to to be the protector for ultraviolet light in the United States. Most of there substances broken down when exposed to sunlight and their efficiencies disappear after a short time. These chemical substances might also create skin hazards when enter to people who have allergies and hormone sensitivities.

The top ten products are as follows (per EWG):

1. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30
2. Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+
3. California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+
4. Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
5. Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum
6. Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40
7. Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 35
8. UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
9. Sun Science Sport Formula, SPF 30
10. Soleo Organics Sunscreen all natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

The top ten national brands are (per EWG):

1. Blue Lizard (anything without oxybenzone)
2. California Baby (anything with SPF 30+)
3. CVS (with zinc oxide)
4. Jason Natural Cosmetics (Sunbrellas Mineral Based Sunblock)
5. Kiss My Face (”Paraben Free” series)
6. Neutrogena (Sensitive Skin Sunblock)
7. Olay (Defense Daily UV Moisturizer with zinc)
8. SkinCeuticals (Physical UV Defense)
9. Solar Sense (Clear Zinc for Face)
10. Walgreens (Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose, & Ears)

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