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Is There Any Sunscreen That Doesn’t Have Benzene in it?

Boy With Sunscreen On His Face at oceanOne of the most alarming recent discoveries was that several sunscreens were found to contain a potentially dangerous chemical, called benzene. This is also discovered in products like paint thinners.

There is no safe exposure level for benzene. Even in small quantities, this has the potential to cause cancer. Some of the sunscreens examined were found to have high levels of the carcinogen, up to 6 parts per million. Because of this, the FDA has been asked to recall the sunscreens that were found to contain it.

Testing revealed that benzene was used in a wide variety of sunscreens. If you used a sunscreen that contained benzene and have cancer, you might be able to take part in the lawsuit. Our team of defective product lawyers will be able to help you put your claim together. This can allow you to get compensated for the medical bills that you incurred while getting treatment.

How Can You Choose a Sunscreen That Doesn’t Have Benzene?

While this news might make you nervous about using sunscreen, it’s still important that you protect your skin. UV radiation is very likely to give you cancer. This is where the vast majority of melanoma cancer cases can be attributed.

Many sunscreen brands were implicated in the study. 27 percent of the brands examined were found to contain benzene. However, there were plenty of products that didn’t contain this dangerous chemical.  This shows how important it is to be selective when choosing a sunscreen.

There are a few ways to make sure that your sunscreen doesn’t contain any benzene. First, it’s important to look at the ingredients that were used to make your sunscreen. In particular, look to avoid those that use oxybenzone. Though the FDA believes that this ingredient is safe, environmentalists have expressed their concerns over its use. It should also be noted that it can cause allergic reactions. There are also some concerns that, when mixed with other ingredients, it might produce benzene.

It’s also important to consider the type of sunscreen that you are using. It’s best to use a mineral-based sunscreen. While this still offers effective protection, it won’t be absorbed into the skin. When deciding which one you are going to use, look at the UV rating. You’ll want to find something that is over SPF 15.

When you are applying your sunscreen, you’ll need to reapply it after two hours when you are swimming or sweating. This ensures that you are always protected.  

What Are Other Measures to Protect Yourself From UV Radiation?

While sunscreen is important, it isn’t the only way that you can protect yourself from damage from the sun. You can keep the rays from damaging your vision by wearing sunglasses. These will block 99 percent of the UV radiation. It’s a good idea to choose polarized lenses. These will also block glare, allowing you to see clearly.

Another important measure is to seek out shade. If you are on the beach, remember that the sun’s rays can reflect from the water and the sand. So, a beach umbrella alone isn’t going to be enough to keep you protected. Lastly, it’s a good idea to wear sun-protective clothing.  Make sure that it has a UPF rating.

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