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By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 21, 2017
Category: Sun Protection

                                                                            

    A patient brought to my attention that a frequently recommended sunscreen now comes with a warning label.

           Warning: This product contains a chemical know to the State of California to cause cancer.

     The state of California bases their decision on a study performed on mice that were fed Zinc Oxide over a period of time. The mice experienced anemia, renal and liver damage.

    Zinc is however, an essential metal needed by all mammals and commonly found in nutritional supplements. There is no evidence that micro or nanoparticle zinc oxide reaches the blood stream when applied to skin. Studies with electron microscope shows zinc particles confined to the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of skin.

    Unprotected exposure to the sun or indoor tanning booths is the major risk factor for skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend titanium and zinc oxide products as safe and effective sun protection. 

               

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