Summer is practically upon us, and the smell of sunscreen is in the air!
But a common sunscreen ingredient has actually been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer and skin aging.
So who is this bad boy? Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A palmitate).
Despite this strong scientific evidence, the FDA has delayed taking action to restrict retinyl palmitate in sunscreens. Instead, it has ordered more studies. At this point, the NTP and FDA have spent well more than a decade studying the safety of vitamin A ingredients on skin. While it is important that scientists thoroughly explore causes of sunlight-stimulated illness, the FDA’s decision to delay action in favor of more studies has almost certainly postponed regulatory action.
So yet again, we must take protection into our own hands.