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Endometriosis And Sunscreen

Spring is in the air! It’s that time of year (in my part of the world, anyway) where people tend to spend more time outdoors.

Since it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month, I wanted to highlight some new research that I think is worth noting. Today I received an email that referred to a study about sunscreen and endometriosis:

Chemical & Engineering News: Sunscreen Compound Linked To Endometriosis

Here is a link with more information:

Urinary Concentrations of Benzophenone-type UV Filters in US Women and Their Association with Endometriosis

The link above is for the abstract only. I don’t have the ability to access the full article. However, the abstract says:

“exposure to elevated 2,4OH-BP levels may be associated with endometriosis”

Given that this chemical affects estrogenic activity, it’s helpful to know about this new research (and the fact that the researchers speculate that 2,4OH-BP may be associated with endometriosis).

For those who are not aware, endometriosis has been associated with an increased risk for developing melanoma:

Personal history of endometriosis and risk of cutaneous melanoma in a large prospective cohort of French women

If you’re looking for a place to learn about sunscreens, you may want to try this site:

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database

To be clear, I’m not here to provide anyone with sunscreen advice. I myself have very fair skin that burns very easily (no matter how carefully I dress or try to avoid mid-day sun) and I’m not really thrilled with the limited options available. (See “Sunscreens Exposed: 9 surprising truths”). It’s interesting to me that Europe apparently has superior options available for sunscreen due to FDA delays in approving ingredients already used there.

Since I have multiple chemical sensitivity, I sometimes have reactions to other people’s sunscreen – especially since the spray sunscreens came onto the market. Some of those sprays make me so sick! Last summer, we were at the beach and someone about 40 feet away from me sprayed it. The wind carried it right over to me and I didn’t need the sunscreen database to tell me that there were some nasty chemicals in it!

Hopefully, this sunscreen guide will help people make informed decisions.

It’s always helpful to be able to make informed purchasing decisions… especially with regard to products that can impact one’s health.

When I’m going to be outside for any length of time in the sun, I try to wear long sleeves if possible. (I’m famous for stealing my husband’s old dress shirts for this purpose). I make sure to wear a hat and sunglasses too. There are definitely times I feel the need to wear sunscreen. For those times, I use the sunscreen database to find a mineral-type product and I avoid sunscreens that have endocrine-disrupting chemicals in them. I seek out shade when at all possible. (This is helpful for dealing with the heat intolerance and syncope issues I struggle with in warmer weather as well).

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1 LizNo Gravatar { 04.12.12 at 1:43 pm }

I tried to do this but I think it would be better for someone like you, Jeanne or someone with endo. I think the show the would do a story on this topic but they sometimes like to talk to people over the phone

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 04.12.12 at 11:50 pm }

Welcome Liz!

Thank you for your feedback. What was it that you tried to do? Find a sunscreen?


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