Screening sunscreens

As previously mentioned in my last blog, consumer watchdogs continue to smear the safety reputation of certain cosmetic chemicals such as the sunscreen oxybenzone.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is demanding the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the safety of oxybenzone after a recently released study is said to link the ingredient to mothers giving birth to underweight baby girls. EWG said low birth weight is a critical risk factor linked to coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases in adulthood.

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said 97% of Americans tested are found to have oxybenzone in their urine.

EWG said 600 sunscreens sold in the US contain oxybenzone.

US industry group, the Personal Care Products Council, stated that the use of oxybenzone in sunscreens has been deemed safe in a study in 2002.

In another news, the Cancer Prevention Coalition is also lambasting the FDA on ignoring the risks of cosmetic grade talcum powder when used to mask genital odors. The group says several studies related ovarian cancer with the genital use of talcum powder.

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