Is Sunscreen Causing Skin Cancer?
It’s not the sun that causes skin cancer. It is actually the sunscreen that is considered the main culprit for causing cancer.
Of course, as usual, it’s not quite that simple.
Here’s what we know from science:
- Sunburns lead to mutations and cell death in skin cells, increasing the likelihood of skin cancer.
- Toxins can lead to mutations and cell death in skin cells, in creasing the likelihood of skin cancer.
- Some sunscreens contain toxins.
Confusing points 2 & 3 to say that point 1 isn’t true is what we call a logical fallacy. (Conversely, in this case you can also call it common sense.)
Strangely, enough, though, this doesn’t have to be complicated. You can address all three points above with a little bit of common sense.
- Don’t get sunburnt. Protect your skin and it will protect you. Pretty straight-forward, that tip. You can, and should, build up natural sun tolerance. And remember, vitamin D from the sun is good for you.
- Use sunscreens that aren’t full of toxic chemicals. Again: Protect your skin and it will protect you. There are plenty of healthy alternatives.
About those healthy alternatives? Read labels – if it has lots of chemicals you can’t pronounce, you probably don’t want it. Instead, you want sunscreens that use zinc oxide and titanium minerals as their main active ingredients, as they’re much safer.
A combination of shade, clothing, and building up a sun tolerance, though, is probably your best bet.