Chemical sunscreen blockers, as the name suggests, work by absorbing UV rays and converting them into heat energy, which is then released from the skin. These sunscreens typically contain chemical compounds such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate. While they offer effective sun protection, some concerns have been raised regarding their potential impact on human health and the environment.
Certain chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as oxybenzone, have been linked to hormone disruption, allergic reactions, and skin irritation. There is ongoing debate about whether these chemical compounds are safe for use, especially in high concentrations or when applied frequently. Additionally, studies suggest that these chemicals may have adverse effects on marine life and coral reefs when washed off during swimming or ocean activities.
Physical sunscreen blockers, on the other hand, create a physical barrier on the skin that reflects and scatters UV rays away from the skin’s surface. They contain mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens are considered to be gentler on the skin and are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. Some advantages of physical sunscreen blockers include:
When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen for your skin, it’s essential to consider the benefits and potential risks associated with chemical and physical sunscreen blockers. While chemical sunscreens have traditionally been popular, recent concerns about their safety and environmental impact have led many experts to recommend physical sunscreens instead. At Aviva Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we prioritize the health, safety, and overall well-being of our patients. That’s why we recommend using physical sunscreen blockers to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while ensuring optimal skin health and vitality.
Do you want to know what type of sunscreen blocker is best for your skin? Give our office a call at 678-974-8435 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fishman today!