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The sunscreen industry uses vitamin A in its formulations because it is an anti-oxidant that is thought to slow skin aging. But according to the AOL story cited above, the FDA's study of vitamin A's photocarcinogenic properties revealed that:
"tumors and lesions developed up to 21 percent faster in lab animals coated in a vitamin A-laced cream than animals treated with a vitamin-free cream."
The article goes on to say how those chemicals can enter the bloodstream and may actually increase the speed of malignent cells that cause cancer. What?! Scary, especially when I will be lathering that on my kids! Why is it still even on the market if that is a possiblity?
The Environmental Working Group is a great site to refer to when looking for a sunscreen that is safe for your family. They have done the research and work measuring the levels of toxicity in sunscreens.