Study raises concerns about sunscreen, local dermatologist clears up findings

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Doctors have been drilling it into our heads for years before you go outside, you need to slather on the sunscreen. That advice has not changed, but a recent study is raising some questions about the chemicals in the lotions we wear.

“The concentration of some of the chemicals from the sunscreen is absorbed into the bloodstream and it results in a concentration that is higher than previously thought,” said Dr. Ramsay Farah with Farah Dermatology and Cosmetics.

The study concerned Dr. Farah because he knows people may think sunscreen is unhealthy for you. However, he said that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“Now what the study is not saying is, don’t use your sunscreen,” said Dr. Farah.

If you’re worried about the chemicals in sunscreen, Dr. Farah said to look for products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which tend to be absorbed less than other ingredients.

“All of the evidence indicates that you will do yourself more harm by not using sunscreens than by using them,” Dr. Rarah said.

This study only applies to the maximum use of sunscreen, which is every two hours. Dr. Farah said most people don’t follow those rules, but recommends that you do. 

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