I don’t use sunscreen. The truth is, I have never used sunscreen. It just never made a whole lot of sense to me. Sunscreen has come under fire in recent years for being linked to skin cancer (at the very least, it simply doesn’t work which gives people false hope). Sunscreen contains 15 FDA approved chemicals. Nine of those are known to be endocrine disruptors. Not good. What’s worse is that for sunscreen to work, you have to constantly reapply it. The chemicals in sunscreen don’t just hang out on the surface of the skin, they soak into the skin (which is an organ) and eventually end up in the bloodstream. Again, not good. Particularly if you and the Mr. are trying to conceive.
A new study out of Denmark has some even worse news regarding those nine endocrine disruptors: They may be harming men’s sperm. The study looked at 29 of 31 ultraviolet filters allowed in sunscreen in the United States and the Europe. They were tested on live, human sperm cells. The results were, again, not good (anyone notice a trend here?).
“These results are of concern and might explain in part why unexplained infertility is so prevalent,” said the study’s senior investigator, Niels Skakkebaek, a professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
The research was presented at the Endocrine Society’s 98th annual meeting in Boston. The results are prompting a push for more studies. However, I think the writing has been on the walls for years. I’m not going to list “which sunscreens” as most sunscreens contain FDA approved chemicals.
If you want to stay healthy, avoid sunlight during the peak hours of 1 pm to 4 pm (depending on the time of year). Cover up, wear a hat and long sleeves. Try to avoid burns. And in my opinion, don’t use sunscreen’s that give false hope and contain shoddy chemicals.