Environmental group: Many sunscreens have toxic chemicals

A report released by the Environmental Working Group says that sun protection may come at a price when using sunscreen.

The group says many sunscreens have toxic chemicals that may be harmful. The group says people should avoid those with oxybenzone, a compound they say can seep into the bloodstream and disrupt hormones.

The group is also urging consumers to be cautious about sunscreens with vitamin A, known as retinyl palmitate. It's found in more than 40 percent of sunscreens. The FDA is looking into whether the additive has chemical reactions with the sun's rays, which may lead to an increased risk in skin cancer.

Physician Assistant Vincent Polizio, of Accredited Dermatology in Freehold, says the findings in report should be taken with a grain of salt. He says that the benefits of sunscreen far outweigh the risks.

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