Do NOT MIX Sunscreen & Bug Repellent!

DEET plus Sunscreen is a bad idea. It’s especially bad if you’re a child, the most vulnerable and easily affected among us. The following article gives all the details. In doing some quick research, if sunscreen and bug repellant are the only way you can survive summer, it looks like Bull Frog has a fairly good product.

A no-chemical alternative to sunscreen is to drink raw (REAL) milk instead of the dead-food poison purchased at grocery stores (pasteurized/homogenized). The increase in receiving natural Vitamin D, inherent to milk, is a natural skin and cancer protectant.

The chemicals used in sunscreen are absorbed through the skin and into your blood and are then excreted in your urine. As sunscreens penetrate the skin, they help carry other chemicals that are on the skin into the body. Examples of chemicals transported through the skin include pesticides, herbicides, and insect repellents. Sunscreens increase absorption of DEET containing insect repellents through the skin.You should never use sunscreen on your skin the same time you are using DEET containing insect repellents.”

Sunscreens and bug repellent do not mix
Jacob Schor, ND
May 6, 2007

Subject: Sunscreens transport the pesticides contained in insect repellent into the blood stream.

The chemicals used in sunscreen are absorbed through the skin and into your blood and are then excreted in your urine. As sunscreens penetrate the skin, they help carry other chemicals that are on the skin into the body. Examples of chemicals transported through the skin include pesticides, herbicides, and insect repellents.

Sunscreens increase absorption of DEET containing insect repellents through the skin.You should never use sunscreen on your skin the same time you are using DEET containing insect repellents.

I’ve been telling patients that, ‘At least sunscreen keeps us from getting sun burned.’ This might not be such a good thing. Sunscreens prevent reddening of the skin by blocking an enzyme in the skin that makes nitric acid. One of the functions of nitric acid is to inflame the skin. This inflammation signals your immune system to start protecting your skin and the pain tells you to get out of the sun. When sunscreens block nitric acid formation, the skin doesn’t redden, you stay in the sun longer, your skin is more damaged, and you increase your risk of skin cancer and premature aging. By preventing nitric acid formation, sunscreens only prevent the skin from getting red, they do not necessarily prevent sun damage.

With this in mind, we’ll try to remember to reorder the DEET-Free insect repellent we’ve been stocking the last few summers.

Past newsletters provide info on these repellents:

Natural Insect Repellent May 2004 http://denvernaturopathic.com/news/DEETFree.html

Natural Mosquito repellents, West Nile Virus, Tumor Necrosis Factor and other related topics July 2006http://denvernaturopathic.com/news/westnile.html

The website version of this newsletter contains abstracts of the papers referenced:
http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/news/sunscreenandbugrepellents.html


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