A new study shows that the use of common sunscreen ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, zinc oxide and alcohol in sunscreen products is on the decline in recent years.
The research, published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that the amount of benzoylamine, zinc peroxide and alcohol found in sunscreen product labels dropped from 7.9% in 2009 to 4.9%, the same year that the U.S. sunscreen recall triggered a global recall.
The researchers said their findings suggest that sunscreen manufacturers are reducing the use or discontinuing the use, or “reinstating the use,” of some ingredients.
The report comes just days after a nationwide recall of U.K. sunscreen products sparked a national debate over the safety of sunscreens.
The American Academy of Dermatology said Thursday that the recall caused “profound harm” to consumers, prompting the industry to halt the use in some markets.
The association said it was “disappointed” that sunscreen companies are moving to “re-implement” some of the products, and said it’s “critical that the public is protected.”
An American Cancer Society spokesman said the group is reviewing the report and has no immediate comment.
While benzoylorinone has not been used since the U-K.
recall, the use has declined significantly, according to the researchers.
Benzoylorine is the most commonly used sunscreen ingredient, used in products ranging from lotions to sunscreen.
The use of benzotriazole has also declined.
But some of that has come from an “unprecedented global recall” in which sunscreen manufacturers removed all of the ingredients in their products from stores and retailers.
In a statement, the American Cancer Association said the association supports a ban on benzoylonitrile, a widely used sunscreen chemical, but said the agency is “evaluating the safety and efficacy of other sunscreen ingredients and may be taking additional actions in the future.” More: