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Welcome to our cosmetic surgery website! Through cosmetic surgery, people are changing their lives every day. They are growing. They are having special procedures done in ways never before dreamed possible and getting back some of their vigor, enthusiasm, hope, and future. It is the face and body that receive correction – but it is the heart and soul that receives new life.

Our purpose here at the Center is to bring together the art and science of medicine, giving you the highest quality care.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us. Thank you.

William H. Beeson, M.D.

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Health Tip of The Week

SAFETY OF SUNSCREENS

Recently there has been both concern and confusion expressed by some patients regarding the safety of commonly available, over the counter (OTC) sunscreens.

In February 2019, the FDA released new proposed regulations for sunscreens. The FDA noted that 12 ingredients commonly used in commercially available sunscreens needed additional testing in order to be labeled as “generally recognized as safe and effective” by the FDA.

Studies recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that some ingredients commonly seen in sunscreens are absorbed by the body in amounts above what is approved by the FDA. It is recommended that a shot glass size amount of sunscreen be applied every 2 hours. In this recent study published in JAMA in January 2020, 48 patients were tested with 1 of 4 sunscreen products. Researchers observed that blood concentrations of all 6 active ingredients were greater than the FDA recommended levels after a single application. The study did not evaluate the safety or efficacy of these ingredients, but only noted that they were absorbed more readily by the body at levels higher than what the FDA would recommend. The report highlighted the need for additional studies to evaluate the safety of the specific ingredients commonly used in sunscreens.

Ingredients test in JAMA reported studies:

– avobenzone

– oxybenzone

– octocrylene

– honsalate

– octisalate

– octinoxate

– ecamsule

Sunscreens have been shown to be effective in reducing the incidence of skin cancers. Neither the FDA nor the researchers in these studies recommended not using sunscreens. However, they felt that additional safety evaluations are indicated.

Mineral sunscreens made of zinc oxide or titanium oxide have already undergone safety study testing and have obtained the “generally recognized as safe and effective” designation by the FDA.

Until new sunscreen safety studies are completed, some people may feel more comfortable using one of the mineral sunscreens.

SUMMARY “TAKE AWAY” POINTS

1) Data on the systemic absorption of sunscreen are being collected as a part of the FDA’s new rules and regulations for over-the-counter sunscreen. These studies are not questioning the efficacy of sunscreen, which is known to prevent skin cancer and sun-related aging.

2) According to new findings, chemical sunscreens may be absorbed into the blood above the maximum threshold levels the FDA created for these over-the-counter products.

3) The exact effects of this absorption are not known; however, the FDA does not recommend stopping the use of sunscreen.

4) Sunscreen is a key part of sun protective measures, which also includes wearing UV-protective clothing, avoiding being outside during peak sun, staying in the shade, wearing hats and protective eyewear.

5) Mineral sunscreens have been in use for decades and are considered generally safe and effective by the FDA. These include sunscreens made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

6) Natural and home-made sunscreens are not safer alternatives and do not offer the same protection as mineral or chemical sunscreens.

References

1) Matta MK, Florian J, Zusterzeel R, et al. Effect of sunscreen application on plasma concentration of sunscreen active ingredients: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2020;323(3):256-267. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20747

2) Matta MK, Zusterzeel R, Pilli NR, et al. Effect of sunscreen application under maximal use conditions on plasma concentration of sunscreen active ingredients: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2019;321(21):2082-2091. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5586

3) Adamson AS, Shinkai K. Systemic absorption of sunscreen: Balancing benefits with unknown harms. JAMA. 2020;323(3):223-224. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20143

4) FDA advances new proposed regulation to make sure that sunscreens are safe and effective [press release]. Silver Spring, MD: FDA; February 21, 2019.

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