Is your Sunscreen poisoning the Ocean?
February 19, 2018

Can Oxybenzone Cause Hirschsprung’s Disease?

Oxybenzone from Sunscreens threatens birth defect.

Recently, oxybenzone and octinoxate in sunscreen products have been banned in Hawaii and Key West, as well as by countries such as Palau, Bonaire, and Aruba. These chemicals were banned because they posed a threat to the survival of coral reefs and other marine wildlife, but also because of the awareness that these chemicals could have adverse impacts on public health1.
Oxybenzone is a petroleum-based sunscreen chemical found in many sunscreen products, as well as in lip balms, shampoos and conditioners, body fragrances, mascaras, hand and dish soaps, and insect repellents, but also single-use plastic packaging and toddler pacifiers and teethers.

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