Dishing out bad advice on sunscreen

It should be obvious that we need to avoid toxins -- the word alone is a warning.

But instead of helping us to keep free of these dangerous chemicals, mainstream medical groups are actually encouraging us to rub them all over our bodies. Just take a look at the latest advice from the American Academy of Dermatology.

The group, which claims to represent 17,000 dermatologists, didn't just endorse one or two ingredients with known risks. They actually went ahead and urged people to use no less than three hazardous chemicals -- ingredients so bad that even some sunscreen manufacturers are doing away with them voluntarily.

For example, the group recommended a form of vitamin A called retinyl palmitate, added to skincare products in recent years when vitamin A became a marketing buzzword associated with "skin protection."

But recent tests have shown that this particular form of vitamin A does the exact opposite. Instead of protecting the skin, it can actually speed the growth of skin tumors -- especially when exposed to sunlight.

And they want you to rub this on your skin and head outside? No way -- and manufacturers are getting the message even if the AAD isn't, because they're already voluntarily removing retinyl palmitate from many sunscreens.

That's not the only way this group is dangerously behind the times -- because they're also recommending oxybenzone, a well-known endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to developmental, reproductive, and organ toxicity... as well as allergies, cellular damage, and more.

And completing this hat trick of bad advice, the AAD is also urging people to use sunscreens with nanoparticles despite research showing these tiny new ingredients can penetrate the skin and damage or even kill cells inside the body.

If you want to protect your skin from UV rays -- and if you're going to be spending any significant amount of time out under the sun, you're going to want some protection -- try a sunscreen where the main protective ingredient is either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Stick to the micronized particles -- not the nanoparticles recommended by the AAD.

For more free advice on how to pick a safe sunscreen click here.