National Institutes of Health has determined that sunscreen chemicals which
filter out ultraviolet rays may impair male fertility. There are twenty-nine “benzophenone-type
UV filtering chemicals” in personal care products that protect skin and hair
from sun damage. Researchers found that men with high exposure to two chemicals
in particular had a 30% reduction in their ability to reproduce.
avoid the lengthy and expensive new drug approval process, sunscreen
ingredients are governed by monograph (a written standard for active
ingredients). If a monograph has been issued for a product, all a company has
to do is show that it has met the standards of that monograph to be allowed on
the market. One of the monographs the FDA approved in 1999 is for oxybenzone,
which breaks down to 4-OH-BP, one of the two chemicals that cause infertility.
the FDA to remove the monograph for oxybenzone. It’s a dangerous chemical and
should immediately be banned from sunscreens. Also ask the FDA to speed up its
review of proposed new ingredients. Their long delays in reviews make consumers
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Please Remove the Monograph for Oxybenzone
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]