The safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens: an update for general practice

McSweeney, Penelope C. (2016) The safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens: an update for general practice. Australian Family Physician, 45 6: 397-399.

Author McSweeney, Penelope C.
Title The safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens: an update for general practice
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2016-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 397
End page 399
Total pages 3
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Recent media coverage has raised public awareness regarding the safety of sunscreens containing zinc (ZnO) and titanium (TiO2) nanoparticles. In Australia, the rates of skin cancer are among the highest in the world, and sunscreen is a commonly used protective agent against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. General practitioners (GPs) commonly manage skin cancer and may be faced with questions from patients regarding the safety of sunscreens.

Objectives: The aim of this article is to explain the role of nanoparticles in sunscreen, clarify the results of the literature regarding safety, and provide GPs with knowledge to assist in sun-safety discussion with patients.

Discussion: Current evidence suggests that the likelihood of harm from the use of sunscreens containing nanoparticles is low; however, further research into this area is required. Sunscreens have been proven to reduce rates of non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers; hence, their use in prevention should be encouraged.
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