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NY Post asks “What’s in your sunscreen?” With news about chemicals long used in sunblock being under new scrutiny — many people are looking for alternatives.

For example, these four chemicals — avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene — are among the 12 ingredients that the FDA recently flagged in its efforts to update sunscreen regulations.

The article talks about the best way to avoid this, by using mineral sunscreens, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, and Upper East Side dermatologist Michele Green agrees with this. The main reason is because mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — which the FDA has deemed generally safe and effective.

That said, a chemical sunscreen is still better than no protection. Dr. Green notes that “On average, a person’s risk of melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.” Mineral sunscreen can leave a white film on the skin, “But I would rather have that than cancer,” says Green, adding that the film makes it easier to see where you’ve applied it. “It’s a good way to know your skin is really protected.”

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