Sunscreen Hurting vs. Helping Have you ever thought when you were putting on sunscreen to prevent a sunburn, you could actually be causing something much more harmful? Sunscreen has been around since 1928 in order to prevent the harsh ultraviolet-rays from the sun burning our skin and thus preventing skin cancer. In contrast, studies have shown that sunscreen has caused many people to contract skin cancer due to harsh chemicals added into the products. Sunscreen also prevents your body from absorbing Vitamin D. Mercola, the world 's #1 natural health website discusses how Dr. William Grant, a vitamin D expert scientist, found that about 30% of cancer deaths could be prevented by more vitamin D intake. That equates to 2 million people…show more content…
The higher SPF of the sunscreen, the likelihood of one’s skin being affected by the sun is slim. Despite the positives to wearing sunscreen, the side effects of these products override the benefits.
Although sunscreen does protect the possibility of burning, and premature aging, it blocks out an essential vitamin that is needed for our bodies. According to Dr. Mercola, over 1 billion people are deficient of vitamin D. While sunscreen may prevent you from burning, Dr. Mercola states, “Several studies have confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer.” He goes on to say that melanoma was found to decrease with greater sun exposure, while being increased by sunscreen use. Even though there may be a positive outcome to the use of sunscreen, the consequences can be much graver.
Not long after sunscreen raised questions for causing skin cancer, did many wonder how something they were told would protect them could now be harming them. There have been recent studies done by The Environmental Working Group that shows in their report that many sunscreen products can increase how fast someone is able to get skin cancer. EWG also found that more than 75% of sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer and other health issues. The Cancer Council of Australia states that people need to find