Certain sunscreens mimic estrogen

LA Times

The People’s Pharmacy
Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy
July 6, 2009

I am a breast-cancer survivor and have heard that some sunscreens contain estrogen-like compounds. I cannot have anything that contains estrogen in or on my body. I would like to know which brands to avoid which are safe.

Benzophenone-3 (BP-3 or oxybenzone) has estrogen-like activity. Try sunscreen with physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.