24 Feb '12, 3pm

Australians Ditching Sunscreen, Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australians Ditching Sunscreen, Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

First, some sunscreens that claim to be nano-free actually contain nanostructured material, meaning that sunscreen manufacturers need to have clearer definitions and labeling. Second, a very small amount of zinc from zinc oxide particles in sunscreens is absorbed through human skin. And third, there is a lot of confusion regarding nanoparticles and some may be overstating the dangers, or perhaps understating. Finally a survey conducted this year of public attitudes towards nanoparticles in sunscreens, commissioned by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, showed that about 17% of people in Australia were so worried about the issue, they would rather risk skin cancer by going without sunscreen than use a product containing nanoparticles. Hardly a majority, but enough to make you question your

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/australians-ditching-sunscreen-r...

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