The chemicals in sunscreen penetrate deeper, making newborns more vulnerable to contact dermatitis (skin reactions, like rashes), allergies, or inflammation. Thus, it is wise to avoid any ingredients that could cause babies problems. Consumer Reports has advised against spraying all sunscreen on your kids.
Not all sunscreens are created equal. Chemical filter sunscreens were developed for their ease of use and inexpensive ingredients. These products typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Despite concerns from the FDA, oxybenzone is still legal and is used in some of the most commercially popular sunscreen brands available.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded a study (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) in 2008, where 96.8% of urine samples that had been collected and examined were shown to contain oxybenzone. Basically, this means that if you have used sunscreen with this ingredient, your body has stored it in fatty tissues for up to a few days. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other toxicology experts are concerned that there is a link between oxybenzone, hormone disruption and allergies.
Avobenzone is not stable when exposed to ultraviolet light. Avobenzone’s instability issues tend to become even worse when it is mixed in a formula with one or both of the mineral active sunscreen ingredients. Several manufacturers have combined avobenzone with trademarked stabilizing compounds to increase its effectiveness. These additional chemical compounds may cause skin irritation and other yet-undiscovered problems.
There is strong evidence that sun exposure and sunburns during childhood multiply the risk of one day developing skin cancer, including melanoma. While melanoma still rarely develops before age 20, incidence in children and teens is rising rapidly. The skin of all infants (not just those who have fair skin) is particularly vulnerable to sun damage. This is partly because they haven’t yet developed all the melanin — the natural skin pigment that provides some sun protection — that they will have when they get older.
It’s best to dress your baby regularly in a brimmed hat and lightweight clothing that fully covers the arms and legs. The Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend using mineral sunscreen formulas for baby’s sensitive skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a water-resistant mineral sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to their younger children’s skin. Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, sit on your skin and reflect light and block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
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