Len Rome’s Local Health: DIY Sunscreen

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(WYTV) – Where should parents draw the line between what’s safe and what poses a risk to their children?

Let’s talk about sunscreen.

Homemade versions of products are shared across the internet thousands of times and a popular example is sunscreen.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus studied do-it-yourself sunscreen recipes posted on Pinterest.

“When we don’t know the effectiveness of homemade sunscreen recipes that have been shown online, we’re taking a risk with our children, with ourselves, and that risk is a really bad sunburn or skin cancer in the future,” said Dr. Laura McKenzie.

The Food and Drug Administration regulates all commercially available sunscreens. They must list ingredients and have a proven level of both UVA and UVB protection.

The DIY Pinterest creams fall short. 

Parents see the words all natural or homemade and think this is better than that chemical stuff.

Dermatologists say it’s best to stick to regulated products when it comes to your child’s health or safety.

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