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Jessica Alba’s Company on the Hot Seat Due to the Reduction of Zinc in its Sunscreen

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company was under public scrutiny when their customers complained of sunburns after using their sunscreen product. How true is it that zinc caused this problem? Let’s find out.

According to experts, sunscreens which contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or avobenzone can protect its users from life-threatening cancers like melanoma.

The Honest Company, Jessica Alba’s company is on the rocks right now because users of their sunscreen allegedly complain that they got sunburned even after applying the product. According to NBC5 Chicago, “This might be because the company changed its sunscreen formula. They tried to reduce its zinc from 20% to 9.3%. Normally, sunscreens must contain between 18% and 25% of this element”.

Additionally, NBC5 Chicago reported that The Honest Company expressed that they were very transparent about the amount of zinc used and made sure that when they reduced the zinc content. They added other ingredients to make sure that the sunscreen has the same efficiency.

Zinc-What is it?
Zinc is a trace mineral. According to the US National Library of Medicine, about 2-3 grams of zinc should be contained by a human body. Those who are not getting enough zinc in their diet could possibly suffer from a zinc deficiency illness. Pork and beef are good food sources of zinc.

How can it help you?
Zinc Oxide (ZnO) particles are used in sunscreens in order to protect your skin from sunburn.

Just how Zinc can do that?
According to research, nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (TiO2) can prevent cancer because they absorb the ultraviolet light. In fact last year, the Guardian reported that “zinc particles are way more stable than other UV filters. Thus, it requires less reapplication and has lower irritant and allergen materials”.

Additionally, zinc oxide and titanium oxide are included in the list of tested and proven ingredients that protect against UVA rays.

On the other hand, The Environmental Working Group, reminds the public to use the sunscreen lotion instead of sunscreen powders and sprays.

A dermatologist from New York City, Joshua Zeichner, said during an interview that it is harmful to use homemade sunscreens. Most of them are oil based and allow the UV rays to penetrate the skin. This was also seconded by Ni’Kita, a cosmetic chemist. She said “There’s a reason even the most natural companies have to include chemicals in their sunscreens,” she said to Allure. “It’s for your safety. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes into an SPF.”

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