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Posts for tag: zinc oxide

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. 

               

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
March 16, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: Dogs   skin cancer   zinc oxide   pets   animals  

Just like humans, our furry pets can get skin cancer too! It is important to protect our pets from UV rays, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If your dog is like mine, he loves to bask in the rays of the sun! You apply sunscreen to yourself so, why wouldn't you want to protect your best friend also! I've done some research and found some tips that may help ful to you and your dog:

  • Always have a shady place outside where your dog can lay and escape from direct sunlight.
  • Sunscreen for pets does exist! Your dog needs sunscreen to areas that are exposed like his ears, nose, groin and belly or in any area where he may be losing hair. You can find pet specific sunscreen on the internet or you can ask your veterinarian.
  • Dog hair is protective but not if it isn't there, so don't shave your dog in the summer.
  • DON'T use zinc oxide sunscreen on your pet. It's great for humans but it can be toxic if ingested by animals!
  • If your dog is sensitive to sunscreen, you can find dog or pet specific sun protective clothing.

Horses and other animals with minimal hair are susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer as well.

By Emily E. Gottstein, RPA-C
September 17, 2013
Category: Sun Protection

Now that football season has arrived, we all want to to be at the stadium or outside tailgating with friends. Even though there is a chill in the air, don't forget that the suns UV rays are just as strong. It is just as important for you to apply your sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. So, before you tailgate or cheer at the stadium, make sure you apply that sunscreen! Remember to re-apply if you sweat! Go Bills!



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