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Researchers have conducted various studies to determine if the particles in chemical and physical sunscreens can penetrate our skin.
Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreen, was being absorbed at a level of 258.1 ng/mL when applied every two hours as directed. That's 516 times the FDA's limit!
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends avoiding sunscreens containing oxybenzone, especially for kids.
Chemical sunscreens work by being absorbed into the skin and converting ultraviolet light from the sun into heat. While minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on the surface of the skin and deflect UV rays without being absorbed.
Overall, the benefits of using sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide far outweigh the perceived risks. These particles are considered safe for our skin and are an effective way to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun.
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