Concerns are being raised about something we all should be using here in Hawaii: sunscreen. The main concern revolves around spray-on sunscreen.
Consumer Reports recently issued a warning against using the spray on children. The FDA has been investigating the safety of this type of sun protection since 2011 and have yet to issue a ruling.
Local doctor Diana Ostroff is concerned about the chemicals contained in sunscreen.
“Whatever you spray it on, it's going to bounce back so that the person who’s applying it or spraying it is going to have to inhale it and deal with whatever the repercussions of those inhalants would be then,” said Ostroff.
Traditional rub-on sunscreen is not completely without concern. Some doctors believe chemicals in some brands could possibly cause problems because even if you don't inhale the fumes, the chemicals can penetrate the skin.
That being said, experts say traditional sunscreen may be the better choice for many, but the key is to read the ingredients and use sunscreens with the most natural ingredients.
Also, a good rule of thumb is the less ingredients in the sunscreen, the better.