- 0.5 credits
- AMA, CBRN
Currently, protection from ultraviolet radiation is the only recognized modifiable risk factor for reducing the rates of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Sun protection includes minimizing exposure, wearing sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen regularly. However, the debate regarding the safety of sunscreens and sunscreen ingredients continues on. Here, we take an evidence-based approach to review the safety of sunscreens.
Although most dermatologists deem sunscreens safe, there is current debate through the professional and public world regarding their safety profile and ingredients. Common concerns concerns include personal safety, safety in children, including the possibility of systemic absorption, the safety of maternal breast milk and prenatal exposure, and the environmental safety of marine ecosystems and coral reefs.