Friday, May 28, 2010

Mexitan, putting off the order, please read!!

I was referred to an article from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) which has some new information about Sunscreens. One of the topics really jumped out at me, it was about a seemingly harmless ingredient in all of Mexitans Sunscreens (only thoes with an SPF factor) and 41% of other bands on the market. I am talking about Vitamin A in the form of “retinyl palmitate” or “retinol” and when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. This is enough to deter me personally from ever using a sunscreen with this ingredient. (see below for exerpt and link to whole article)

I will still be ordering their bug repelant, Skedattle, as it has gotten rave reviews and based on what I could find actaully works.

My goal is to place the order this afternoon if possible, I will be emailing everyone who placed an order to see what they want to do. This delay in ordering means that the order will arrive just before or after I move, so I will need to have the order shipped to someone elses house for sorting and picking up (any volunteers???)

Full article:

5. The common sunscreen ingredient vitamin A may speed the development of cancer.
Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions (NTP 2009). This evidence is troubling because the sunscreen industry adds vitamin A to 41 percent of all sunscreens.

The industry puts vitamin A in its formulations because it is an anti-oxidant that slows skin aging. That may be true for lotions and night creams used indoors, but FDA recently conducted a study of vitamin A’s photocarcinogenic properties, the possibility that it results in cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight. Scientists have known for some time that vitamin A can spur excess skin growth (hyperplasia), and that in sunlight it can form free radicals that damage DNA (NTP 2000).

In FDA’s one-year study, tumors and lesions developed up to 21 percent sooner in lab animals coated in a vitamin A-laced cream (at a concentration of 0.5%) than animals treated with a vitamin-free cream. Both groups were exposed to the equivalent of just nine minutes of maximum intensity sunlight each day.

It’s an ironic twist for an industry already battling studies on whether their products protect against skin cancer. The FDA data are preliminary, but if they hold up in the final assessment, the sunscreen industry has a big problem. In the meantime, EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens with vitamin A (look for “retinyl palmitate” or “retinol” on the label). Read more.


Ron Kleier said...

From Ron Kleier, President, Mexitan Products, Inc.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released their 2010 sunscreen report. EWG is a valuable watchdog for the cosmetics industry, and the management at Mexitan Products generally agrees with their position, yet we believe more studies are needed in regards to their concerns about Vitamin A in sunscreens.
The single Vitamin A study they've referred to was conducted 10 years ago. It is a preliminary study that is inconclusive and will require extensive additional testing. Our position has always been that the human body requires vitamins and minerals to properly function and there is no evidence that a small amount of Vitamin A is harmful to your skin. Vitamin A (retinyl palmatate) is in many healthy foods that we consume daily. Our body requires all these vitamins as a balancing act. When additional testing is concluded we will consider making formulation adjustments as needed.

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Co-op Organizers said...

Thank you Ron for commenting, however what the study seemed to be saying is that the Vit A alone is not the problem, infact it is good for your skin as long as it is used indoors. It seems to be the reaction between it an the sun that is causing the problems.
This article sites a number of diffferent studies.

Remember these are our lives and our childrens lives and I prefer to take the better safe than sorry approach.

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