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Can you believe this? Do you use regular sunscreen?

Posted by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 5:21 AM
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Man Applies 'Killer' Sunscreen & Bursts Into Flames

Posted by Maressa Brown on June 6, 2012 

man burned by using sunscreen while grillingAll summer long, it feels like no matter what store you walk into, you can't help but be inundated by shelves and shelves of all different types of sun protection products. Last summer, I spent 20 minutes or more scouring the shelves at a drugstore and even my fave natural grocery store, looking for a sunscreen that was free of oxybenzone, the toxin linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cell damage -- even low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. It felt impossible to steer completely clear of the ingredient, one of its sneaky cousins, or retinyl palmitate, which has been linked to the development of skin tumors and lesions. Fantastic, right? Now, to add insult to injury, sunscreen is literally burning people.

No, really, it's true. A Massachusetts man named Brett Sigworth has been making headlines for his terrifying experience with Banana Boat sport aerosol sunscreen.

Sigworth applied the spray, went over to his grill, took one of the holders to move some of the charcoal briquettes around, and in less than a second, he was on fire! The flames trailed the exact path of where he had applied the sunscreen. What the ... ?!! The poor guy has second degree burns on his chest, ear, and back. Photos from the hospital burn unit show the burns appear in precise lines -- where he sprayed the sunscreen.

Sure, sunscreen is flammable, and there are warnings on the products that read "don't use near heat, flame, or while burning," but who would have thought the product would continue to be a fire magnet once it's applied to the skin?! Sigworth said:

I think if people were told this is flammable for two minutes on your skin afterward, people wouldn't use it.

Yeah, I'd say catching on fire being pretty much the last desired effect you'd want from your sunscreen. Geesh! Even though Banana Boat issued a statement saying they were sorry to hear about Sigworth's experience and would begin a prompt investigation, I can't believe Sigworth isn't pressing charges. He says he just wants people to hear what happened to him, so they're aware of the potential issue. "I had no idea and it was so scary and I just wouldn’t want to see it happen to anyone else," he told local CBS news.

Hopefully his message gets out. After all, getting cancer and getting burned are the two things we're trying to avoid by using sunscreen! So, to me, this horrifying story is only further proof that most commercial sun protection products are more trouble than they're worth.


Can you believe this? Do you use regular sunscreen?

by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 5:21 AM
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Lachrymose
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Ew.  I need to check the labels of our stuff... I thought zinc oxide was the only ingredient. 

moneysaver6
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 5:34 AM
We've used coconut oil as a natural sunscreen for almost 2 years now with good results.

We use Mercola's sunscreen if we'll be out for an extended period.
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cara124
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

holy Crap ! ..... I'm so glad I dont like the spray sunscreens .... We only use the lotions and more than anything we use little colored clothing / hats for sun protection !

Vertical15
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I heard about this, too.  Scary!  I've only ever used the regular stuff but my husband like the spray on stuff.  He only wears it when he's on his bike for extended periods but yikes!

Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Jun. 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM
wow really scary! We just bought a spray sunscreen for the first time and A) it freaking sucks and B) I will never get it again. After reading this I will run out and buy the lotion!
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TxMelaMom
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM
This is WHY we use ALL natural Sunscreens Only!!!!!!
TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jun. 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Yikes!

happy2bmom25
by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

you need to know what you are putting on your skin. most of the lotions contain carcinogens and toxins as well. read your labels ladies!

jonnlilithsmom
by on Jun. 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

la_bella_vita
by on Jun. 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

 Scary! We use coconut oil

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