Your Sunscreen Might Be Breaking Down Into Harmful Chemicals

An ingredient commonly used in sunscreen can break down into toxic chemicals when exposed to chlorinated water and sunlight, a team of Russian researchers found.

Avobenzone is used by millions of people in sunblocks, lipsticks, lip balms, and moisturizers due to its powerful capacity to block skin cancer-causing ultraviolet rays.

But new lab tests simulating conditions commonly found at a summer pool party showed the chemical can break down into dangerous toxins, researchers said.


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