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Sunscreen for babies.... really?

August 19, 2015 2 min read

I was clicking through big name brands of sunscreen. I came across this one for babies.  Sounds like it's not so good for anyone, much less a baby. Please read your labels. Do not be fooled by terms such as "all natural, natural botanicals, naturally derived," etc. This has no guarantee that the product you are purchasing is actually natural as you think it is or should be. The first ingredient in this formulation is Retinyl Palmitate. The FDA did a year-long study a short while ago. They found this ingredient in 40% of the sunscreens on the market. They determined this ingredient actually caused skin cancer tumors.  Really... in a sunscreen for babies, much less?  This is also a very common ingredient in anti-aging products for women. 

Ingredient Concerns Score
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE) Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
FRAGRANCE Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
OXYBENZONE
(ACTIVE INGREDIENT)
Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SD ALCOHOL 1
, ALCOHOL DENAT
Enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
HOMOSALATE
(ACTIVE INGREDIENT)
Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID,TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
OCTISALATE
(ACTIVE INGREDIENT)
Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
OCTOCRYLENE
(ACTIVE INGREDIENT)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
GLYCERIN Use restrictions
Data: Fair
AVOBENZONE
(ACTIVE INGREDIENT)
Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID,ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
STEAROXYTRIMETHYLSILANE Ecotoxicology
Data: None

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