Sunscreen Recommendation by JG (Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist)
“While waiting at the doctor’s office, I read a concerning article in Men’s World that was very well written. It pointed out that Americans have become much more aware of the risk of skin cancer as evidenced by the fact the sunscreen industry has risen in recent years from a 1 billion to a 4 billion dollar industry. People have learned about UV-A and UV-B and to select a sunscreen that has a SPF of at least 30. With this, people are protected from the sun burning their most superficial skin cells. But the incidence of skin cancer has nearly doubled and the lethal melanoma incidence has risen by 75%. The FDA is aware of this and in their governmental sluggard way, won’t deal with this until at least 2012. Almost all sunscreens sold in the USA. are useless in preventing skin cancer while they protect against sunburn. Amongst a lengthy list of people who are at increased risk are people such as those in Phoenix and L.A. who lay out in the sun and especially near a swimming pool or the ocean and people who swim in them. It turns out that UV-B prevents the superficial skin cells from being burned while UV-A penetrates deeper to the connective tissue and the melanin cells. Among other things it does is damage the dna of melanin cells, hence leading to the increase of melanoma and alter the dna of other deep cells. So what to do about it?
Skin Care Treatment
There are 5 steps that can be taken.
- There are 3 essential chemicals your sunscreen must contain to protect you. Most major brands contain some but not all of them. They are zinc, titanium dioxide and avobenzone ormeroxylsx. To find brands with all 3 go to EWG.org. Two recommended sunscreens are Hara Bodycare and Think-Sport. They are not widely distributed but available thru Amazon.
- Avoid any sunscreen that contains vitamin A or retinyl palmitrate or oxybenzone.
- Avoid sprays and powders-use the creams.
- Get the right amount of Vitamin D from sunlight by putting the sunscreen on right before you go outside. It takes 15 minutes for the sunscreen to become active-exactly the amount of time your body needs to get enough Vitamin D.
- Use sp 30 or higher and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are just lying around-if you are sweating heavily or swimming slather on every 40 minutes”.