Beware of Sunscreens Containing These 3 Chemicals

Jul 8, 2019


One of the top 25 products included in the report that can cause early aging and disease is certain sunscreens.

And with summer in full bloom here in this part of the world, it’s important you’re aware of the particulars to avoid, and why – and what to look for instead.

The Big 3 Chemical Offenders

Using sunscreen can be a wise choice, because excess sun can lead to skin
cancer, and to photoaging and other premature aging of your skin.

With that noted, though, you don’t want to avoid a serious risk by applying
something to your skin that can pose other serious risks!

These are the three common sunscreen ingredients to beware of most:

#1) Oxybenzone

You’ll see this offending ingredient in many sunscreens on store shelves. It can also go by the name “benzophenone-3” on labels.

And when you do see it, please put that sunscreen right back and don’t buy it.

Because, first of all, oxybenzone has been linked to endocrine-disruption.

Your endocrine system is the network of glands in your body that produce the hormones that help cells communicate with one another.

When this endocrine system is disrupted, it can wreak all kinds of serious havoc, including cancer.

Oxybenzone has also been linked to organ system toxicity, and to both contact allergies and photoallergies (“photoallergies” are activated by sunlight in exchange with the offending chemical and can cause skin inflammation in the sun-exposed areas.)

People aren’t the only ones oxybenzone can harm, by the way.

It’s also dangerous to aquatic life. In fact, it can be so harmful that Hawaii has banned it to protect coral reefs.

#2) Octinoxate

This ingredient is an ultraviolet B (UVB) filter that can absorb rapidly into your Skin.

On packaging it can also go by the names Octyl methoxycinnamate, methoxy-cinnamate, ethylhexyl methoxy-cinnamate, or simply OMC.

Like oxybenzone, it too has been strongly linked to both endocrine-disruption and organ system toxicity. It has also been linked to reproductive issues.

And like oxybenzone again, this ingredient was also targeted in Hawaii’s ban, as it harms coral reefs.

#3) Homosalate

This popular sunscreen ingredient absorbs UVB rays to prevent your skin’s direct exposure to them…

And it may also increase your skin’s absorption of pesticides, such as bug sprays, and absorption of the other toxic ingredients found in the sunscreen.

Finally, like the other two ingredients above, homosalate has also been linked to Endocrine-disruption.

The Safer Sunscreen Alternatives

Some sunshine on the skin is ideal for vitamin D, especially since 75% of adults are vitamin D deficient.

If you’re going to be in the sun for an excessive amount of time, though, consider wearing a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves to protect yourself.

And when it comes to using sunscreens, look for natural ingredients including those containing mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide broad-spectrum from both UVA and UVB.

Do look for those containing “non-nanoparticle” forms of zinc oxide and titanium oxide, though. The nanoparticle forms mean they are extremely small particles, which can easily enter deep into the body and pose possible risks, too.

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To your health,

The Healing Miracle Team

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  1. Brenda Fiedler

    Am curious about sunscreen

    • THM Team

      Hi Brenda,

      I’m so glad that are reading our blog; we are unable to make recommendations for products. Please feel free to reach out to the support team for this series at


  2. Brenda Fiedler

    Would like to know more about sunscreen

    • THM Team

      With extra information, we recommend that people do their own in addition to ours. Even simple Google searches make a difference.

  3. Mehru

    excellent thank u !!

  4. Linda

    Can u PLEASE recommend a brand of sunscreen?
    Thank u!

    • THM Team

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks so much for reading our blog; we are unable to make recommendations for products. Please feel free to reach out to the support team for this series at


  5. Bronwyn Poulton

    Very helpful! My two youngest children both in their twenties are youth leaders & are on youth camp right now encouraging kids to avoid sunburn no doubt! This would be so helpful to them. Thanks for info!

    • THM Team

      We are glad to hear this helps!


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