A few weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on the developments with the FDA regarding sunscreen actives and how I’m committed to keeping you informed of any developments. This week there was a study published, as well as a response from the FDA, that discusses the penetration of sunscreen chemical actives into the bloodstream, which I felt was important to discuss with you.
First of all, this study is aligned with the overall mission of the FDA’s recent proposal, which we wholeheartedly support: to ensure that all of us are using daily SPF and that the ingredient actives are safe for such common use. We’ve been part of a big change in the world, encouraging every single day use of a product that wasn’t always used in that way, and our scientific understanding of ingredients has greatly progressed since the SPF monograph was first introduced.
Second, the findings in the study are nothing new, and are also clearly stated as not conclusive. It’s common knowledge that the things you put on your skin can be absorbed into your body, and that’s why we’ve been highly conscious of our ingredient choices from the very start. Moreover, just because something is absorbed does not mean it is not safe (think about the food you eat, for example!). The American Academy of Dermatology also made a statement that we do know that these ingredients have been used for several decades without any reported internal side effects in humans. Oxybenzone, the ingredient that’s most called out as concerning, has never been in any of our formulas.
Most importantly, everyone remains aligned that skin cancer is a critical health issue––it currently affects one in five Americans––and that using SPF is the single most important thing you can do to prevent it.
We take very seriously the renewed focus on ingredients and will continue to keep you informed, as that has always been critical to our mission. We also, as always, have 100% mineral options out there if that’s what you choose for you and your family.
Should you have any questions or comments, especially about this study on sunscreen chemicals in the bloodstream, feel free to leave them below, and I look forward to reading them.
-Holly Thaggard, Supergoop! Founder & CEO