Benzene in Sunscreen Products- Cause of Skin Cancer




Benzene is the chemical responsible for causing skin cancer. Recently 5000 sunscreen bottles were sold that have horrible chemical benzene in them.

Whether it’s summer or winter, sunny days or rainy days, or any time you spend outside the door can cause damage to your sensitive skin.

Sunscreen products are commonly believed to reduce the risk of skin cancer. But are they reducing skin cancer?

No, some sunscreen products have a contrary function. Studies confirmed that sunscreens contain the chemical benzene, and benzene is a notorious, horrible chemical compound responsible for skin cancer.

Check to make sure that your sunscreen bottle does not have benzene.


Chemical Benzene in Sunscreen Bottles:

After getting vaccinated from COVID-19 and losing complete summer last year to the corona pandemic, Americans are now eager to get loaded with sunscreen products and head to their nearest beaches.

But a recent report reported that dozens of popular sunscreen products contaminated with benzene were sold.

Valisure is an independent lab that does consumer watchdog testing. And they reported that sunscreen products are contaminated with the chemicals like benzene.

Benzene was found in sunscreens of well-known brands, including Neutrogena and CVS Health.

Benzene is a carcinogenic compound, and it is recently discovered in many sunscreen bottles. Not just sunscreen; it is found in hand sanitisers and soft drinks as well.

Benzene is not supposed to be anywhere near sunscreen manufacturing ingredients. But due to the manufacturing defect, it was added in sunscreen bottles. And benzene is the most dangerous risk factor for causing skin cancer.

Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon and parent compound of many aromatic compounds. Benzene is a chemical that is naturally found in volcanoes and forest fires. And it is a part of natural crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke.

Exposure to benzene can cause leukaemia- cancer of white blood cells.

New York City-based dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine Macrene Alexiades said, “I’m not worried about trace amounts of benzene.” She also sits on the editorial board of the Dermatologic Surgery Journal. She further said,  “What I am worried about is when you’re talking benzene levels of six to nearly seven per cent. That is very problematic and very carcinogenic.”


Sunscreen Products:

Since our childhood, we have heard the importance of these sunscreen products. Elders always suggest we apply sunscreen before we go outside. Sunscreen products protect skin against sun rays and decelerate the ageing process.

They contain organic and inorganic sunscreen ingredients. These ingredients protect the skin against sun rays, air pollutants, dust, and tobacco smoke.

The market is full of enormous sunscreen brands. And they come in various forms like lotion, cream, gel, stick, and fragrance-free sunscreens.

Sunscreen is available in two types; physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Knowing the ingredients, they contain and understanding, the skin type they are suitable for, can help you pick up the right sunscreen.

Physical Sunscreen:

Physical sunscreen, also called mineral sunscreen, contains inorganic ultraviolet filters. They block, reflect, and scatter sun rays before they touch and penetrate the skin.

Sunscreen products are known to reduce skin cancer and skin burns from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. These inorganic compounds reside on the skin. They either absorb ultraviolet rays or prevent them from reaching the skin thus, protect the skin from harmful rays.

Chemical Sunscreen:

Chemical sunscreen contains organic ingredients that work on a different mechanism. These organic ingredients get absorbed in the skin and absorb ultraviolet rays. Contact of ultraviolet rays with organic compounds present in the skin catalyses the chemical reaction and releases ultraviolet rays from the skin in the form of heat.

And the most important thing to note is that wearing sunscreen does not mean that you can stay for long under the sun. Because sun skin cannot 100 per cent protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.


What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer so far. As the skin is the largest organ of our body and regardless of our every preventive measure, it is exposed to the sun frequently thus, leading to cancer.

Like all other cancers, skin cancer is also abnormal growth of cells in the skin. The most common cause of skin cancer is the exposure of skin to sun rays.

Detrimental sun rays damage the DNA of skin cells. Thus, causes abnormal reproduction of massive skin cell. Other reason includes exposure to benzene or other harmful chemicals like it.

Harmful chemicals when comes into contact with sensitive skin, they damage skin cell and promotes the growth of abnormal cells. That’s why it’s preferred to use sun protection products as they contain SPF 50 and other sun protection factors to shield skin against dangerous rays. But sometimes, these physical sunscreens contain chemicals that cause skin cancer instead.

You can reduce the risk of skin tumours by reducing exposure of your skin to sun rays.

Types of Skin Cancer:

The skin of living organisms is made up of different types of cells. And treatment options for skin cancer are considered according to cell shape suffering from a tumour. Common types of skin cancer are mentioned below:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Markel cell cancer
  • Melanoma


Skin Cancer Symptoms:

It develops on the area of skin repeatedly exposed to the sun’s detrimental rays. And it affects the skin of the scalp, face, lips, ear, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs. People with light skin contain fewer melanocytes and have less protection from ultraviolet rays. Thus, they are at more risk of developing cancer even on skin areas, not repeatedly exposed to sun rays.


The most common symptoms are:

  • development of the firm, red nodule
  • development of lesion with a scaly surface
  • development of a pearly bump
  • development of the brown scar-like lesion
  • development of scabbing sore that heals and returns
  • development of small or painful lesions that itches and burns
  • effect of dark lesions on the palm, soles, fingertips, and toes.


What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

There are many types of skin cancer, and each of them has different symptoms. So, knowing the type of skin cancer you suffer from is helpful for diagnoses and treatment. The skin cancer picture is shared below.



When to Reach Your Doctor?

Even if you slightly suspect skin cancer or have any of the above-shared symptoms, reach out to your doctor as soon as possible. Because early detection can help you treat your disease before it gets worse.

Besides, not every skin problem is an indication of skin cancer. Sometimes you might suffer from any severe skin allergy or skin acne problem. So, contacting your doctor can help you relieve your stress. And your doctor will investigate the cause of your disease and will prescribe medication accordingly.