Are you alarmed by recent news reports about a cancer-causing substance found in some well-known sunscreens? If you are panicking and want to stop using SPF, do not stop!
In this article, we are going to explain more about sunscreens and how to pick the right one for your face!
Is sunscreen causing cancer?
Recently, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled some of their Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen products out of “an abundance of caution” after an independent study found that they contained benzene, a chemical that increases the risk of developing leukemia and other blood disorders. To be safe, CVS Health stopped selling some of its house-brand sunscreen products, too.
However, don’t assume that all spray sunscreens are harmful; in fact, the majority of sunscreens examined in the study, including sprays, were shown to be fully benzene-free and should still be used every day.
How to choose the right sunscreen?
Sunscreen comes in two varieties:
- Chemical-blocking sunscreen
- Physical-blocking sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation into the skin before releasing them, inhibiting its effects. Avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate are often found as active components in chemical sunscreens.
Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, function by sitting on top of the skin and reflecting UV rays away from the body or face. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the most often used active components in such products.
If you have oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin, opt for mineral and/or non-comedogenic formulas. Sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide tend to be better tolerated by folks with sensitive skin. And, as always, oil-free formulas are a must, especially for anyone with acne-prone skin.
For anyone undergoing acne treatment—such as doxycycline or Accutane medications or a topical like tretinoin—you should consider upping the SPF, as treatment can make you more photosensitive.
If you have dry skin, look for sunscreen with extras. Sunscreen with ceramides or hyaluronic acid in it can be helpful for dry skin.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.