Know the differences between chemical and mineral sunscreen

Generally, when you look at the sunscreens, one type of sunscreen would be best suitable for your skin than the other. It’s important for you to apply sunscreen regularly so that you can prevent skin cancer and early skin aging issues. Though most people would love spending their time in the sun, it might cause several blisters, burns or sometimes even skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 20 Americans die due to skin cancer which is mostly due to melanoma. Exposure to the UV rays of the sun would be the main cause. By making the application of sunscreen as a regular regime of your day to day life, you can reduce the effects caused by sun exposure. By this, you can reduce the risk of getting melanoma.

But one thing you need to remember is that not all the sunscreens would provide you with the same effect. The mineral sunscreen has the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which would prevent UV rays from entering into your skin. The chemical sunscreen would allow your skin to absorb the UV light. This UV light will then be converted into heat through a chemical reaction. FDA hasn’t labeled any of these sunscreens to be unsafe. FDA had called up for additional safety rules over 12 active ingredients which were commonly found in the chemical sunscreens available in the market like avobenzone, oxygen zone, homosalate, octisalate, octinoxate and octocrylene. According to a clinical trial avobenzone, octocrylene, oxybenzone and ecamsule have been absorbed directly into the bloodstream at a level which is higher than 0.5nanogm per ml. This is more than the values specified by the FDA and it might cause some kind of toxic effects to the person who is using them.

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