Influencers Are Spreading Misinformation About Sunscreen

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Misinformation about sunscreen has been spreading among influential content creators, putting people at risk. While the one benefit of sunlight is free vitamin D, the risks of too much UV exposure outweigh this benefit, which is why professionals advocate for using sunscreen. However, influencers are trying to claim—falsely—that sunscreen itself causes cancer.

Dangerous Misinformation Online

A disturbing trend has emerged where influencers claim sunscreen causes cancer. This misinformation undermines years of scientific understanding and endangers public health. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans.

However, certain influencers have amassed thousands of views by spreading false narratives about this essential cream and sun exposure. One tried to claim there was a correlation between those who wear sunscreen and skin cancer, while another said that a bad diet and sunscreen are to blame for skin cancer, not the sun itself.

Sunscreen and UV Exposure

Krista M. Rubin from the Mass General Cancer Center pointed out that tans are skin injuries and there’s no safe way to tan. She also shared that getting sunburned over and over can not only cause immune suppression but also damage to our DNA, which are factors in developing skin cancer.

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The spread of misinformation by celebrities such as Kristin Cavallari further complicates the issue. Skepticism around sunscreen increased after reports discovered benzene contamination in some bottles, which is a known carcinogen with repeated exposure. However, dermatologists clarified that it was a contamination problem. Dr. Whitney Bowe likened it to contamination occasionally found in food supplies.

Trust the Scientific Evidence

The misconceptions perpetuated by some influencers overlook clear scientific evidence and medical advice. Skin protection is vital and without it, we expose ourselves to various risks beyond skin cancer, including premature aging, scarring, eye damage, and immune suppression.

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Amidst growing online misinformation about sunscreen, it’s crucial to rely on well-established scientific evidence and expert opinions to make informed decisions about our health. Proper use provides essential protection against harmful UV radiation, preventing skin cancer and other negative effects of excessive sun exposure. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.