Spray sunscreen may not be as safe as we thought it was. In spite of its convenience, federal health officials think that it could come with serious side affects. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) began its investigation into the safety of spray sunscreens back in 2011, but it has yet to publish its findings. Consumer Reports, on the other hand, recently published warnings that the safety of spray sunscreens is uncertain and they should not be used on children.
Consumer Reports says that pending the release of the FDA's findings, parents should not buy the products for their children. The consumer safety organization also removed a spray sunscreen (Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50) from its list of recommended sunscreens.
Nanoparticles in Spray Sunscreens Could Be Dangerous if Inhaled
According to testing performed by Consumer Reports in the past, certain sunscreens have nanoparticals in them, which have been proven to cause developmental problems in animals. The FDA is currently evaluating whether these nanoparticles are even more dangerous when applied in spray sunscreens due to the danger of them being inhaled.
The American Academy of Dermatology has also issued warnings regarding spray skin products. The academy recommends spraying these products on one's hands, and then applying them to the skin. It also advises not to spray the products in the vicinity of the mouth and face.
Consumers Injured by Dangerous Products Can Fight Back
Many consumer products that are intended to keep us safe and healthy -- like sunscreens, pharmaceutical drugs, motor vehicle air bags, and other products -- could have the potential to cause more harm than good. Consumers who are injured by these products, due to no fault of their own, may wish to look into the pursuit of personal injury claims for damages relating to their injuries. A successfully navigated personal injury claim relating to a defective product can help victims obtain vital financial assistance to pay for their medical care.
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