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Is Spray-On Sunscreen Dangerous?

By    |   Friday, 11 July 2014 01:08 PM

You might want to hold off on using spray-on sunscreen at the beach or around the pool this summer, particularly if you have kids. Consumer Reports is advising parents to avoid using spray-on sunscreen on children until the Food and Drug Administration completes an ongoing investigation into whether the sprays are safe.

“Of particular concern to us is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the ingredients, a risk that’s greatest in children, who — as any parent knows — are more likely to squirm around when they’re being sprayed,” the magazine says.

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The magazine has also removed a sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from its list of recommended sun-protection products.
 
“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” Consumer Reports says.
 
The FDA announced it was studying spray sunscreen several years ago to determine whether it can be harmful when inhaled.
 
Consumer Reports recommends:
  • Don’t use sprays on children, unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray the sunscreen onto your hands and rub it on, and avoid the eyes and mouth.
  • Adults can still use sprays, but don’t spray them on your face. Instead, spray on your hands and rub it on, making sure to avoid your eyes and mouth. And try to avoid inhaling it.
  • Make sure you apply enough. Use as much as can be evenly applied, and reapply often.
Sun exposure without protection is linked to skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the U.S., with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed every year.
 
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