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Sunscreen good or bad?

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http://www.naturalnews.com/032815_sunscreen_chemicals.html

This seemed like a good enough link to start the topic.

So im undecided about sunscreen. But i wanted everyone elses thougths about it. Some people say its harmfull because of the chemicals in it and that i actually ages you.

Some say it increases your chance of cancer!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120507131951.htm

AS always all commments welcome :tu:

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Interesting topic. Reminds me of several articles that I've read about the dangers of self tanning lotions (diabetes--YIKES!) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2129195/Chemical-fake-tan-linked-obesity-diabetes.html

Plus self tanning pills (which can lead to liver dammage)

This is why I'm always the palest chick at the beach walking around with an umbrella. :rofl:

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id say you dont have to spend all day in the sun and should have breaks in the shade. sunscreen isnt really needed. i get bored sunbathing so im a bit biased tho lol

sunscreen probably stops the skin being able to cool itself naturally by blocking pores used for sweating and getting rid of toxins. lying down in the sun slows down blood circulation as well, hours on the beach as well as the lying down sleeping at night cant be good for blood circulation. chances of varicose veins increasing something to worry about as well.

gone off topic, so i will stop lol 0.0

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I vote that sunscreen is good. I am fair and burn quite rapidly so sunscreen is a must. My brother has vitiligo, so for him sunscreen is a non-negotiable must.

But...I do believe that not all sunscreen is created equal

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I think it all has to do with the type of skin. If I'm in direct sunlight for 10 minutes I break out in a sun rash. The irish in me refuses to let me get tan.

Something about the smell and feeling of most sunscreens just disgusts me though.

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If you enjoy the thought of getting skin cancer, do not use it.

If you like taking precautions against skin cancer, use it.

If you have a mole on your leg, and are going to a Doctor to get it checked, and think it might be skin cancer, you will be scared. I know, I am in this spot right now, and I rarely used any protection.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. These tumors originate in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually.

If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, about 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2010, about 68,130 of these were invasive melanomas, with about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.

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I am pale skinned and blue-eyed. I prefer clothing and sunglasses and hats to sunscreen. I wear SPF rated long sleeve shirts and a hat in the formidable south Texas sun while outside and from car to building/house. I've also begun to wear a long sleeve SPF rated shirt in the car as I developed a suspicious spot on my cheek and my doc said "That is the side by the window when you drive?" My husband and mom developed sun damage on the side of their body that is next to the car window too.

And yes, like Sakari, it scared me silly. But I saw a dermatologist and it is fine, but can signal skin damage from sun exposure.

I am no beach bunny, I do not sunbathe and I swim after the sun is below our home's roof.

My daughter has vitiligo and I teach her hat, sunglasses, long shorts or pants and SPF shirts. Just for coverage while outside.

We tend to do more outside activities in the fall and "winter" here and more indoor activities during the summer.

I realize many like less clothing coverage than I do, but i just prefer that and monitoring my activities to wearing sunscreen which my skin doesn't like anyway. But I DO apply sunscreen at an outdoor event like an airshow etc.

I can only use titanium dioxide which can be opaque (sits on skin) so they are now using nanoparticles in skin care products so sunscreens absorb better etc,-- those scare me, and I want nothing to do with them in my skin care products.

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If I am going to be out in the sun I wouldn't want to do it without sunscreen. I've never been a sun goddess and when I read about the dangers of tanning I'm glad.

If you enjoy the thought of getting skin cancer, do not use it.

If you like taking precautions against skin cancer, use it.

If you have a mole on your leg, and are going to a Doctor to get it checked, and think it might be skin cancer, you will be scared. I know, I am in this spot right now, and I rarely used any protection.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. These tumors originate in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually.

If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, about 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2010, about 68,130 of these were invasive melanomas, with about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.

I know someone that found a small spot melanoma on his foot but it had already spread to his brain and it killed him.

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I am the only member of my fail who will burn more so and faster than the rest ( Kids and hubby ) ..So I would use some ( more so on my shoulders ) if I need it, but not a lot...

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I don't use it at all....I used to love sitting out in the sun too but I don't do it so much now, it's not good for you.

When I do I tend to go red and hardly ever tan afterwards. My skin is pale and I have a few large brown moles, one of which I'm a bit wary of when sitting in direct sunlight.... One time, years ago, I got worried when I thought a mole on my back had changed colour, it was looking darker or so I thought, so I had it checked by my Dr and he said he didn't think it was anything to worry about but offered to cauterize it for me if I wanted, which I didn't. I was happy enough knowing it wasn't anything to worry about.

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I go with using sunscreen. I feel that it's beneficial if I follow a couple of rules.

Pay attention to the ingredients.

Don't eat it.

Nibs

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I wanted to add, as if I haven't talked too much already as usual, that I still think sun damage can occur in fall and winter too. What I meant by my family doing more activities outdoors in cooler months is that it is much more comfortable to wear long sleeves and a hat and long pants to hike or bike ride etc in the cooler months than during a Texas summer. Not that I am not concerned about sun exposure in fall and winter.

I also have extremely low vitamin D, which can lead to a host of problems, I guess. But I'd rather take D supplements/food (need to get my level tested again) than risk enough sun exposure, but that is just me.

When I was at a dermatologist's with my daughter a few years ago, the doc said she diagnoses probably 10 people a day! in her office with skin cancer. That really kind a freaked me out since I am a prime candidate as I look like Casper. Actually, Casper is darker than me. I glow and fear I may be responsible for some ghost sightings at night.

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I wanted to add, as if I haven't talked too much already as usual, that I still think sun damage can occur in fall and winter too. What I meant by my family doing more activities outdoors in cooler months is that it is much more comfortable to wear long sleeves and a hat and long pants to hike or bike ride etc in the cooler months than during a Texas summer. Not that I am not concerned about sun exposure in fall and winter.

I also have extremely low vitamin D, which can lead to a host of problems, I guess. But I'd rather take D supplements/food (need to get my level tested again) than risk enough sun exposure, but that is just me.

When I was at a dermatologist's with my daughter a few years ago, the doc said she diagnoses probably 10 people a day! in her office with skin cancer. That really kind a freaked me out since I am a prime candidate as I look like Casper. Actually, Casper is darker than me. I glow and fear I may be responsible for some ghost sightings at night.

Lol that made me laugh :tsu:

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Sunlight exposure is the best, it energizes & causes no cancers as they want u to believe....

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I make sure my daughter and I eat a lot of tomatoes as they can protect you from skin damage. Also, if a burn does occur, a bath in green tea can reduce damage caused by the burn.

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I worry about chemicals in sunscreen, but it's a must when I'm at the beach or swimming because I'm extremely pale and burn very easily. I have an outdoor pool and swim a lot in the summers, but I usually swim late in the day when the sun isn't as strong. I love the beach, but I suppose it's a good thing I live in a state far from the coast and only go once a year. If I lived by the coast, I'd go all the time. I once made the mistake of not reapplying sunscreen while I was at a florida beach and I ended up with painful sunburn on my face, shoulders and back that lasted for days.

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