We like to let you decide whether you believe there is too much hype, self-interest, manipulation or scare tactics involved in cosmetics today? With also the organic certification confusion going on, we believe one must look carefully to all sides; not let fanatics getting their way but also not the giant cosmetic industry players who become more powerful these days and get themselves even involved in regulation matters as well. Let us know what you think?
Cancer from Vitamin A in Your Sunscreen?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in their annual sunscreen report states that retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A) in sunscreens is linked to skin cancer and tumor growth. The FDA was implicated that risks with retinyl palmitate and skin damage was something they were aware of yet failed to warn the public about.
Here some highlights you must know:
- The safety and efficacy of registered sunscreen products have been tested by regulatory authorities throughout the world. There is also an extensive body of research supporting the safety and efficacy of sunscreen actives.
- Daily use of sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater is recommended by the FDA and the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
- Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and must undergo pre-market approval that involves rigorous scientific assessments according to FDA standards.
EWG’s sunscreen assertions
- EWG’s statements against sunscreens are in conflict with scientific and FDA safety assessments of sunscreens. This includes scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe, Canada and several other countries.
- According to the Personal Care Products Council, the EWG has its own method for calculating how much protection a sunscreen provides based on scientific methodology that has proven to be inaccurate and unreliable by sunscreen experts around the world.
Is vitamin A going to give you cancer?
- Retinyl palmitate is approved by the FDA as a food additive, as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug and a prescription drug. To achieve premarket approval the FDA requires extensive and rigorous testing.
- Retinyl palmitate has been shown to offer sun protection and is a potent antioxidant.
- In vitro (test tube) research showed that pure vitamin A (retinol) has a mutagenic effect on cultured skin cells but the studies did not involve the use of a sunscreen.
- Vitamin A is an antioxidant that breaks down in the presence of sunlight generating by-products that can potentially cause damage. This is how antioxidants work to protect your skin from the greater source of damage, which is sunlight—and it’s precisely why daily sunscreen use is essential!
Conflict of Interest?
Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 contains an organic herbal extract while sun protection comes from ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (occurring naturally in balsam and cinnamon leaves), titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), vitamin E and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate).
Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 was thoroughly tested even by the Korean FDA and scientifically proven to provide safe broad spectrum protection from harmful sun rays.