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Dermatologists speak out dangerous ingredient found inside most sunscreens

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While avobenzone is part of a compound that makes for great sun protection, dermatologists are starting to warn parents against using it. (CBS) While avobenzone is part of a compound that makes for great sun protection, dermatologists are starting to warn parents against using it. (CBS)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

As a heat wave settles into the Kansas City area, several people will likely seek the closest swimming pool.

And while many people know sunscreen is a must, some doctors are warning parents about the dangers of a common ingredient found in them.

When people look at the sunscreen in their medicine cabinets, there’s a good chance that one of the main ingredients is Avobenzone.

While Avobenzone is part of a compound that makes for great sun protection, dermatologists are starting to warn parents against using it. Instead, they recommend using zinc and titanium-based sunscreens, which are physical sun blockers that work right away on the surface of the skin. Both ingredients are also non-toxic. 

Doctors say while they may look a little chalky on the skin, they are a better choice for children.

They say the most important thing is that users pile on the sunscreen but if possible, avoid Avobenzone.

“It's in a lot of the sunscreens out there and it probably should be avoided,” Dermatologist Dr. Daniel Aires said. “There was a recent study showing that it can degrade into some carcinogenic compounds it's not clear how much gets absorbed…but once again if you have small children sometimes they’ll do silly things like licking themselves, and if they’ve been outside and the sunscreen is degrading with avobenzone in it and they start ingesting it, that's not so good.”

Aires says the other key piece of advice to protect kids is to reapply sunscreen several times while at the pool or outside playing.

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