STATEWIDE — Johnson & Johnson is recalling a number of their sunscreen products, including some Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens after low levels of a known carcinogen were found in the products.
But as you head out into the sun, doctors are warning about the risk of skin cancer and advising that some kind of sunscreen is still essential.
A resident physician suggests wearing good, quality sunscreen with SPF greater than 15, as well as staying in the shade, wearing a hat, sunglasses and chapstick with SPF.
“We know zinc is one of the safer kinds. It sits pretty superficially and does a really good job. You want to use ones that will spread nicely,” said Cassandra Muldoon, MD, resident physician at Northern Light Family Medicine and Residency.
“Certainly if you are going to use the less well tested, or the ones with heavy metal that are dangerous to the body, then just stay hydrated. Drinking lots and lots and lots of water helps to flush those things out,” she said.
Skin cancer is important to catch early before it potentially spreads, according to Muldoon.