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Banana Boat, Coppertone, and Neutrogena Sunscreen Products Found to Contain a Dangerous Carcinogen
According to an article on claimsjournal.com, a pharmaceutical testing company has asked the U.S: Food and Drug Administration and other U.S. health regulators to pull several popular sunscreen products from the U.S. market. On August 11, 2021, NYPost.com reported that approximately 2,400 products contain an active ingredient called octocrylene. Researchers and regulators believe that octocrylene degrades over time and forms benzophenone as a by-product. Benzophenone is a known human carcinogen, and it has been discovered in popular sunscreens and after-sun care brands such as Banana Boat, Coppertone, and Neutrogena. Drug testing company, Valisure also petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove all sunscreen products that contain the active ingredient “octocrylene” from the market.
Researchers Are Urging Regulators to Pull Products Containing Octocrylene
Benzophenone is a naturally occurring plant metabolite that is sometimes used in personal care products, including lip balm and nail polish. Benzophenone is a naturally occurring photosensitizing agent that offers some Ultraviolet light protection. The compound was placed on California’s Proposition 65 since exposure to benzophenone might increase a person’s cancer risk. In California, Proposition 65 requires that companies provide a health warning concerning any potential exposure to chemicals that are listed in Proposition 65. According to Executive Director Craig Downs for Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, one serious side effect of Benzophenone exposure is that the organic compound can interfere with reproductive organs and critical hormones. Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a nonprofit laboratory, analyzes the risk of chemicals to the environment and human health. According to the report, 2,400 sunscreen products contain octocrylene, and the compound’s safety is not known. Mr. Downs stated that the U.S. FDA does not know whether benzophenone is safe or not.
Concerns about chemicals such as benzophenone and octocrylene in sunscreens began back in 2019. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers to provide the FDA with safety data concerning octocrylene and other chemical ingredients in their products. Last May, Valisure, an independent pharmaceutical laboratory, found levels of benzene in dozens of popular sunscreen products, causing some of those sunscreen products to be recalled. Benzene is another known carcinogen.
Why Are These Chemicals So Dangerous to Humans?
An initial FDA analysis report states that the human body absorbs enough sunscreen chemical ingredients to warrant additional testing. Courtney Rhodes, an FDA spokeswoman, stated that the FDA takes product safety very seriously. The agency would monitor the sunscreen marketplace to ensure that only safe sunscreens are available for sale within the U.S. and that consumers as the agency investigate the issue.
Two toxicologists who once worked in the cosmetics industry, Craig Downs and Joe DiNardo, tested (16) sixteen different sunscreen brands from the U.S. and France that contain the ingredient octocrylene. The brands tested were Neutrogena Beach Defense spray, Edgewell Personal Care Co.’s Banana Boat SPF 50 lotion, and Beiersdorf AG’s Coppertone Water Babies spray. These sunscreen products all tested positive for benzophenone contamination.
Mr. Downs has been studying the health issues and environmental impact of sunscreen products for several years. Mr. Downs’ sunscreen research lead Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands to ban oxybenzone-containing sunscreens. Oxybenzone has a similar chemical structure to benzophenone and octocrylene, which are thought to damage coral reefs. Downs’ research also found that as octocrylene degrades, it forms benzophenone, and the amount of benzophenone increases over time.
Benzophenone Has Been Labeled as a Probably Carcinogen
The World Health Organization’s (“WHO”) cancer research branch classified benzophenone as a probable human carcinogen. This discovery was based on laboratory animal studies. The WHO does not have information concerning a possible cancer link with humans. In addition, the WHO announced that “research shows that benzophenone in sunscreens can interfere with estrogen.” Estrogen is a hormone that plays a crucial role in the health of women. When estrogen levels are altered, the function of reproductive organs and may cause early puberty.
Valisure, a medication testing laboratory, distributed the test results of around 100 sunscreen and after-sun care products. Valisure petitioned the FDA to take action and remove certain products off of the market due to benzene contamination.
A report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is expected to produce their study’s findings concerning the health consequences of sunscreens and endometriosis. A presentation was delivered to a National Academies panel that linked benzophenones, found in sunscreens, with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful condition when tissue that usually grows within a woman’s uterus starts to grow outside the patient’s uterus.
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