Jessica’s Lab Report: Effects of Chemical Sunscreens

cb_01-Shot1_0124We are excited to launch “Jessica’s Lab Report” Each week, we will share insights from California Baby’s founder, Jessica Iclisoy (and you can also follow her on Instagram at @jessicaiclisoy). This week, Jessica encourages you to learn about the effects of chemical sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients like oxybenzone, cinnamates, octyl salicylate, homosalate, and avobenzone, which can trigger eczema or contact dermatitis. Jessica encourages you to read the labels and avoid brands that contain chemicals. Mineral sunscreens (like ours!) which use only Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide, tend to trigger far less reactions than chemical sunscreens. Whether you have a sunscreen allergy or skin conditions that worsen with sunscreen use, please avoid using sunscreens with chemical active ingredients … especially on your sweet little babies and kids!

Educate yourself on sunscreen allergies “Nowadays there are hundreds of different brands of sunscreens available for use. These products usually contain one or more active chemicals that absorb or block harmful UV rays, fragrances, preservatives and a base such as lanolin (wood alcohols). With their increasing use over the last few decades it is not surprising to see contact allergic dermatitis due to these products.”

And learn about Contact Dermatitis “Over the past 20 years, the dangers of sun exposure have been recognized, from sun-damaged skin to skin cancer. As a result, the use of sunscreens has become a routine part of our daily lives. This has lead to various allergic reactions to the chemicals found in sunscreens. Most of these allergic reactions represent contact dermatitis.”

 

 

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