Can Your Sunscreen Cause Skin Cancer?

Can Your Sunscreen Cause Skin Cancer?

Nowadays, a majority of the people are more than ever aware of different kinds of diseases, their symptoms, and their treatment. Social media and the World Wide Web have specifically played a significant role in this phenomenon.

However, you might have noticed that information on websites regarding some health issues or its treatment does not match the guidelines provided by another.

One of the main problems that come with the abundance of details available is figuring out which ones are true and which ones are false. Many of the things you read up might not be true at all. Do you remember the last time you tried a home remedy and it turned out to be a disaster?

Remedies given online should be especially tried with caution. The so-called ‘natural treatments’ may sometimes bring do you more harm than good and many of them are based on myths and facts that are yet to be proven.

Such remedies include the ones related to skin and physical appearance in general since beauty myths are common. For example, you might have read about using dangerous chemicals for getting rid of a tan or whitening your teeth.

In a similar way, directions regarding usage of sunscreen in all seasons but more specifically summers are one of the most searched on the internet. Wearing sunscreen is deemed compulsory to safeguard your skin from harmful effects of UV rays.

However, most of the writings addressing the compulsions of wearing sunscreen either provide false information or do not give all of the important details.

You have probably been told or read about how wearing sunscreen before going out in the sun for whatever reason is fundamental since it will not only help in avoiding tans but it will protect against dangerous diseases such as skin cancer.

The number of skin cancer patients is rising day by day. However, looking at the studies observing the patients history and details, many of them wore sunscreen on a regular basis before heading out.

Additionally, a report by Environmental Working Group released in 2017 showed that nearly 75% of the sunscreens did not work. In fact, most of them were filled with toxins and harmful substance that could be responsible for skin cancer themselves.

On the other hand, it is also important to protect yourself from overexposure to the sun which can cause sunburn, cancer, unwanted tanning, boils, and dehydration in the skin.

What is the Alternative to Sunscreen?

Sunscreen can be highly effective if it is cleansed from all of its toxins but it can be really hard to find an all-natural sunscreen. Fortunately, there are other ways to protect your skin and avoid the most harmful effect of the UV which is getting skin cancer.

According to National Institute of Whole Health, skin cancer and other dangerous skin conditions can be successfully avoided by the consumption of specific foods. The food in your diet is important and can play a fundamental role when it comes to getting cancer.

Skin cancer particularly has a big link to diet. The skin is the biggest indicator of what is going inside your body.

Many of the skin conditions including acne, scars, and aging are your body’s reaction to of hormonal fluctuations, nutritional deficiencies, poor immunity, bad food choices, and unhealthy habits. Skin cancer can be avoided by keeping a proper check on your diet.

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This does not mean that you start taking vitamins and supplements. The American Cancer Society suggests getting the nutrients to prevent skin cancer from whole foods rather than supplementation since both have different effects on cancer.

What are the Best Foods for your Skin?

A healthy and well-balanced diet is generally good for your body. However, in summers you might want to be consuming some foods in a higher quantity especially if your work demands a lot of time spent in the sun.
Following are the best foods that can be an effective alternative to sunscreen as well as avoid skin cancer:


Most of the patients of cancer at any time have one thing in common. According to the American Society of Cancer, a majority of the reported cases have a medical history of having oxidative damage in their bodies.

Oxidative damage has been proven to increase the risk of cancer and worsening it. Further research has shown that having a diet rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, phytonutrients, vitamin E, and C can cut down the risk.

Berries are by far the food with the highest quantity of antioxidants. In accordance with a study in Journal of Agriculture and amp; Food Chemistry berries are the cheapest way to prevent any skin of cancer. A plus point to these fruits is they are very less in sugars.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In animal studies, the consumption of fish has been linked to the reduced risk of getting heart diseases as well as cancer. A diet deprived of omega-3 fatty acids can increase the risk of getting cancer and many other diseases since the body is unable to produce it naturally.

In addition, you should remember that a balance between Omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid should be maintained. People tend to consume the latter in a higher quantity mostly by the use of vegetable oils.

Remember that too many omega-6 polysaturated fats go to the surface of the skin and end up getting oxidized leading to the creation of harmful free radicals. These radicals are responsible for aging, DNA damage, and skin cancer.


Tea is one of the best foods you should consider for getting your dose of antioxidants. A research by Kingston University studied 21 herb extracts and plants which are known for their health benefits. Unexpectedly, white tea was the one to have the supreme benefits.

White tea has been reported to prevent the breaking down of collagen and elastin in the skin which prevents aging. It has also been shown that white tea has the ability to stop the production of enzymes linked with cancer.


A study published in Journal of American Medical Association showed that selenium supplementation reducing the risk of mortality due to skin cancer by 50% and reduced malignancies by 37%.

However, selenium supplements should be taken in a limited quantity. It is better to get it from natural sources.  For example, grass-fed beef, walnuts, Brazilian nuts and free-range chicken are good sources of selenium.


Getting all of your vitamins is absolutely compulsory not only for a proper functioning of the body and strong immunity but to fight lethal diseases including cancer. Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E are all used in skincare products. Why do you think so?

Because all these vitamins are needed to prevent aging, acne, and scarring. The only thing you should keep in mind is to get all of them from natural sources.

A study conducted in 2011 showed Vitamin C supplements are not effective when in comparison with getting it naturally.

Similarly, many people do not realize that Vitamin A supplements can actually be harmful. Consuming beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin and letting your body convert it to vitamin A to fit its need is the best.

Supplements of Vitamin E, B, and D are not recommended either and all of these occur naturally in many foods. Make sure to get appropriate amounts of each of the vitamins and other nutrients from food rather than any other sources.

Eating for a better skin can help you prevent the damage caused by UV rays from the sun effectively even if you cannot find a sunscreen that is free from toxins and chemicals.




The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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