What is benzene and why is it in my sunscreen?


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Well there's more to sunscreen than we thought. Like some super recent not so great info, about something called benzene. This is another example of the unfortunate dark side of chemistry. Check it out and make sure to check the list of safe sunscreens in the references below!

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1981/08/10/osha-backs-off-trying-to-fire-cancer-specialist/649696f8-ac91-4f32-bc67-aa8ab9174c81/
  2. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/benzene/3005709.article
  3. https://www-tandfonline-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/doi/abs/10.1179/oeh.2006.12.3.268
  4. https://www.valisure.com/wp-content/uploads/Attachment-A-Table-5-of-Valisure-FDA-Citizen-Petition-on-Sunscreen-v2.pdf
  5. https://www.valisure.com/blog/valisure-news/valisure-detects-benzene-in-sunscreen/
  6. http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics0015.htm
  7. https://www.who.int/ipcs/features/benzene.pdf
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3053447/
  9. https://www.valisure.com/wp-content/uploads/Valisure-Citizen-Petition-on-Benzene-in-Sunscreen-and-After-sun-Care-Products-v9.7.pdf
  10. https://cen.acs.org/business/consumer-products/Lab-finds-benzene-78-sunscreens/99/i21
  11. https://ir.library.louisville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3602&context=etd
  12. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/benzene_toxicological_profile_tp3_3v.pdf
  13. https://www.fda.gov/food/chemical-contaminants-food/questions-and-answers-occurrence-benzene-soft-drinks-and-other-beverages

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