Sunscreen safety questioned

20th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2005, ZANDVOORT – Sunscreens contain substances that can disturb hormone levels, according to researchers from TNO and TU Delft.

20 July 2005

ZANDVOORT – Sunscreens contain substances that can disturb hormone levels, according to researchers from TNO and TU Delft.

Tropical Brown, Zwitsal and chemists Etos and Trekpleister’s own brands contined the most potentially harmful substances, the scientists said.

Sunbathers should use plenty of sunscreen to protect themselves against ultraviolet (UV) rays, but “one that contains as few harmful substances as possible,” said the environmental organisations Stichting Natuur en Milieu (SNM) and Milieudefensie, who commissioned the study.

The scientists looked at 28 creams. Of these, they found Vichy, Delial, and Schlecker own-brand products the most benign.

They found parabens, phthalates, synthetic musk and chemical UV filters in sunscreens.

These substances affect hormones and can lead to decreased fertility, asthma, liver and thyroid damage and some forms of cancer, the researchers said.

Mineral UV filters like titanium dioxide also scored badly in the test.

SNM and Milieudefensie are campaigning for stricter EU rules on toxic ingredients in consumer products.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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