Bloomberg Law
May 24, 2023, 9:58 PM

Summer Is Almost Here and There’s Still Scary Stuff in Sunscreen (1)

Anna Edney
Anna Edney
Bloomberg News

In 2019 the Food and Drug Administration told sunscreen manufacturers it had safety concerns about 12 ingredients that give so-called chemical lotions and sprays their protective power. The one that became the poster child for concern among researchers and consumer advocates was oxybenzone. It can upset the balance of hormones in ways that may increase cancer risk and lead to shorter pregnancies as well as lower testosterone levels in adolescent boys, studies have shown. Oxybenzone has been found in amniotic fluid and breast milk.

Four years later, oxybenzone has been largely eliminated as an ingredient—though manufacturers typically can’t get to ...

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