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Sunscreen Pills Could Provide an Easy Alternative to Lotions

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A sunscreen pill designed to help protect your tender skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays sounds like a very good idea to me. As someone who absolutely loathes lotions and oils of any variety, I would be the first test subject in line to pop a pill just to escape rubbing this sort of stuff all over my body. Thankfully, I don’t spend very much of my free time in the sun, which means that I rarely have to bother with this sort of activity to begin with. Score one for the shut-in.

However, for those with a sun fetish and a natural aversion to liquid sunscreen, scientists may have something in the works that’s right up your alley. Researchers are currently working on a pill that should, in theory, help protect your body from the effects of the sun. This oral solution, which is fashioned using chemicals found in coral, is still a few years away from appearing on retails shelves. Still, the thought of abandoning lotions altogether is kind of appealing.

Of course, if popping pills isn’t your bag, then perhaps you’d be more interested in something along the lines of Scenesse. Instead of taking medication or coating your flesh with protective solutions, this alternative is implanted directly into your skin, which then secretes hormones that increase the amount of melanin your body produces. This, too, is still about two years away from becoming available for public consumption.

One concern that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues are the side effects generally associated with taking pills. Nowadays, you can’t go more than five minutes without encountering a commercial or an advertisement for a medication that has a laundry list of potential dangers. For a lot of people, this could be a deal-beaker. Having to contend with the oily aftermath of sunscreen lotion is one thing, congestive heart failure from a sunscreen pill is something else entirely.

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  • saoud

    After a few year we would discover that the bills causes all sort of cancers and damage to the body. Come on, are we so lazy now that we have to have a pill for every thing.

    • bean

      It’s not laziness. I have rosacea and multiple topical sensitivities. Because of this, I am basically housebound or in major pain if exposed to the sun unprotected. This would be a miracle for me.

      • Mary

        People love to get on their high horses and point figures “…too lazy…” when in reality there are a host of reasons why a pill form could solve someone else’s problems (not their laziness). Applying sunscreen 1 time is really pointless anyway as the number you see on the bottle is how many minutes before you are supposed to reapply.

  • StanLee

    First of all, sunshine isn’t evil. We NEED it to get optimal amounts of Vitamin D, which is impossible when constantly covered in sunscreen. Having said all that, there is already an oral sunscreen product made from all natural ingredients and proven to work. No side effects from man-made chemicals.
    http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01311/Enhanced-Fernblock-with-Sendara.html?source=search&key=sunscreen

  • Chey

    I find it interesting that people would rather, in theory, eat sunscreen than take two minutes to put it on their skin.

  • Ash

    Are people that lazy? Just apply the lotion.Why do you want to eat it?

    • Chrisinmidwest

      I couldn’t agree more. Why would anyone want to take yet another pill for something so simple as applying sunscreen?
      Are we so lazy that we don’t mind putting more rotten chemicals directly into our bodies?(we get enough from our foods as it is)
      When you wonder why you’re dying at 50, not 80, just remember all the crap floating around in your bloodstream.

  • Eugene

    These days, things are NEVER as simple as they should be.

    Look at the bottle of sunscreen and read the list of
    CHEMICALS that is in it. Do you see words like the
    following:

    * Benzophenones (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone) – one of the most powerful free radical generators known to man. It is used in industrial process as a free radical to initiate chemical reaction. When activated by ultra violet light, it doubles the bond to produce two free radical sights. The free radicals then initiate a chain reaction which can increase skin damage and increase skin cancer.

    * PABA and PABA esters (ethyl dihydroxy propyl PAB, glyceryl PABA,

    * p-aminobenzoic acid padimate O or Octyl dimethyl PABA)

    * Cinnamates (cinoxate, ethylhexyl, p-methoxycinnamate)

    * Salicylates (ethylhexyl salicylate, homosalate, octyl salicylate)

    * Avobenzone (butyl-methyoxydibenzoylmethane; Parsol 1789)

    * Digalloyl trioleate

    * Menthyl anthranilate

    * Propylene Glycol: Called a humectant in cosmetics, it is industrial antifreeze, and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Material Data Sheets on Propylene Glycol warn to avoid skin contact as it is systemic and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. If anti freeze is spilled on your garage floor and a dog or cat drinks one lick, it will kill them.

    Did you know that when look worldwide, that the greatest risk in melanoma has been in countries where sunscreens have been HEAVILY PROMOTED? Queensland, Australia, where the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the use of sunscreens has more evidence of melanoma per capita than any other place (Garland, Cedric F., et al American Journal of Public Health, April 1992). Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of California have pointed out that while sunscreens do prevent against sunburn there is no scientific proof they protect against basal cell carcinoma in humans.

    You can read the same article I did by GOOGLING these
    words:

    mybodycanhealitself sunscreen safety

    It is an article titled “Sunscreen Safety”. This article
    is a real eye opener. Some of the chemicals still used
    in sunscreens act like HORMONES in the human body and can
    be absorbed by the skin. So you can be messing up your
    hormones by slathering on the bad sunscreens.

    You will see this on the news in the coming years because
    the mainstream media is WAY BEHIND on the details concerning
    the DANGEROUS CHEMICALS used in sunscreens, especially in
    the USA. But you WILL see this on the TV news in the near
    future as more people become aware of this!

    I am not selling anything here, I just want people to
    GET INFORMED. It isn’t too hard to understand the
    dangers here, just read the INFO! :)

    • kelley

      Eugene-

      Why not just use non-chemical sunscreens, then?

      • Eugene

        That’s the point. If you are going to use
        sunscreens, then you need to find out which
        ones are safe.

        BUT… If you don’t know that there are unsafe
        sunscreens out there, then you won’t be able to
        choose the safest ones, right?

        My INFO is here to INFORM people so they are
        aware of the problem. And it IS a BIG problem!

        I don’t call applying hormone disurupters harmless,
        but that is what many many people are slatering
        onto their skin whenever they go into the sun.

        Again, Austrailia has had a very strong program
        to inform their citizens about the use of sunscreens
        and they do use them. But so far, after YEARS
        of usage, they do not appear to lower the incidence
        of skin cancer. They can inhibit burning, but NOT
        skin cancer!

        Please read the article I referenced in my first post
        to get a better idea of the entire problem that
        many sunscreens have as the problem is multi-faceted.

        • JLH

          Eugene that article may be valid but it was also published 20 years ago. Just because an increased incidence in sunscreen use occurred at the same time as an increase in skin cancer does not mean that once causes the other.

          As well, 20 years ago sunscreens were not manufactured to protect against different types of UV rays, some of which are more harmful than others.

          But this increased trend in both incidence rates could be due to a number of other reasons. Perhaps that while people think they are protected from the sun, they spent more time outside and as many people know, sunscreen is rarely applied properly or in the proper frequency. Perhaps prolonged sun exposure with improper sunscreen use is a causal factor. Perhaps, as mentioned above, the sunscreen did not protect properly 20 years ago or even now. As well, what was the demographic representation of the people in the study that you cited? People who are fair-skinned are the ones who are most prone to skin cancer and as such as also the ones who are more likely to wear sunscreen. It could just be that sunscreen is unrelated to the cause of skin cancer and that the incidence rate of skin cancer would be much higher if sunscreen use decreased.

          I’m not saying you are incorrect, this may be the case, however you can’t make that leap based on incidence rates and you certainly cannot take data that is 20 years old and expect it to be relevant today unless there is continual literature being published supporting the same results. You also need to critically examine not only the methods but the results of the study as well. An increase can be negligible depending on its size.

  • http://ofLabRatsAndMen.blogspot.com tracker

    Listen, you don’t need medication, or lotion or ANYTHING. All you need is to supplement vitamin D3. You are more than likely deficient, and Vitamin D3 a.) prevents sunburn and b.) prevents the malignant type of skin cancer (and possibly other types too).

    • Eugene

      You do need some sunshine because the interaction
      of sunshine on skin is more complex than just the
      production of Vitamin D3. There are other chemical
      reactions that happen that are important to humans.

      So I would say to get about 10 to 15 minutes of
      sunshine daily and take a Vitamin D3 supplement
      and after about 3 months get your Vit D3 blood test
      to see if you are in the upper area of the safe
      range allowed. Depending on the results, you will
      have to adjust your supplement and/or sunshine exposure.

      Don’t use tanning beds unless they are the newer
      ones that actually do put out the correct light
      frequencies (UV-A & UV-B) and also minimize the
      electromagnetic field you are being exposed to.

      And only a few minutes from a tanning bed should suffice.
      YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET A TAN, just a few minutes to
      get Vit. D3. But you need to do your research to find
      out the correct tanning beds to use. I think Dr. Oz
      just had INFO about that today on his TV show (July 05, 2012).
      So he might have some INFO about the tanning beds. And
      Dr. Mercola should have some INFO about that also. If
      you don’t know what tanning bed is safe to use, then
      you do NOT want to use them. That is the best advice for now.

    • JLH

      Vitamin D (in any form) does not protect against sunburns. You need sunlight for the body to create Vitamin D. There is nothing about the amount of vitamin D circulating in your body that has anything to do with whether you will get a sunburn. That is solely up to the amount of pigment in your skin (genes) and the strength of the UV rays.

      It also has not been found to prevent any type of cancer. There are studies which are now suggesting that at very high doses it may decrease cancer disease risk, which is great but a completely different story from disease prevention.

  • http://tribalstylemarketing.com/blog tribalstylemarketing

    I’m glad others are chiming in here about D3 & Dr Mercola because there’s still too many people that don’t know. They said Sodium Fluoride was good for our teeth, so they put it in our water for us to drink!?! Sounds like the same thing to me.

  • Diane

    I suggested this idea to my dermatologist after my surgery to remove a melanoma. It is not about laziness; it is very difficult to make sure you got every spot adequately. Also, most people do not reapply often enough. On a lighter note, I thought the pill could have one side-effect: it causes you to lose weight-a pound per pill; now, that would be a billion dollar pill.

  • Chad B

    What’s a deal-beaker?

  • 참나

    비타민D 부족은 알약에 첨가하면 됩니다.
    선크림은 바르기 너무 괴롭고 힘듭니다

    중요한건 UVB만 보호되는게 아닌 UVA가 보호되는가 하는점입니다
    빨리 개발되어 소비할수 있길 바랍니다