Mineral Vs. Physical Sunscreen - Which is Best?
May 31, 2022
So, which is better for you? The Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding chemical sunscreens with oxybenzone because of concerns that this ingredient may disrupt hormones and cause allergic skin reactions. Chemical sunscreens can also cause damage to our ocean life when humans wear them to swim, surf, and enjoy the water.
A review published in January 2019 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that common chemical sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone may bleach and damage coral reefs. Tourist destinations, including Hawaii, have banned oxybenzone.
The ingredients in mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium oxide) have been generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA. They are also ideal for children, people with sensitive skin, and people with melasma.