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Do you Trust your Sunscreen?

Do you Trust your Sunscreen?

Emily is back with some Sunscreen info you will not want to miss!!!

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Emily Durham, Director of Business Development at Integrity Compounding Pharmacy

www.mixwithintegrity.com

Bio:

Emily Durham, MS is the current Director of Business Development for Integrity Compounding Pharmacy in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Emily attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in global health in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in health care delivery in 2015. In addition to her current role, she serves as the Chair of the Board at Georgia Pharmacy Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Technicians and serves on the planning board for the Georgia Integrative Health Coalition.

Over the last decade, Emily has served in a variety of clinical, consulting, and business development roles within the pharmaceutical and compounding industry. She was chosen two years in a row to speak at the Concierge Medicine Today conference in Atlanta, speaking on the importance of compounding and prescribing trends. Emily works closely with the pharmacists at Integrity Compounding Pharmacy to provide patients with the highest quality of compounding and innovative therapies.

Integrity Compounding Pharmacy is a 503-A compounding pharmacy located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. They are PCAB accredited, and current members of PCCA, IACP, and GPhA. Their pharmacists and staff are trusted by Atlanta physicians to provide the highest quality care and compounded medications. All their medications are tailored for each individual patient as specified by the physician.

Title: Shocking Sunscreen Report

The Environmental Watch Group (EWG) released their annual sunscreen guide this month. This is their 13th annual report that examines the safety and efficiency of consumer sunscreen products. The EWG has uncovered many inferior products that make safety claims and contain harsh chemicals.

Some people have the argument, I have been using the same sunscreen for 20 years and I am fine…why should I care?  The reason you should care is that your skin (a.k.a. Epidermis) is the largest organ in your body. Anything you put on your skin has the potential to be absorbed in your bloodstream. Placing harsh chemicals on your skin could have long term health consequences.

The EWG report stated, “For this year’s Guide, we assessed more than 1,300 products with SPF, including 750 currently available beach and sport sunscreens, and found that about two-thirds still offer inferior sun protection or contain concerning ingredients, such as oxybenzone, a potentially hormone-disrupting chemical that is readily absorbed by the body(1).”.

The EWG has encouraged the FDA to come out with stricter guidelines on the marketing and manufacturing of sunscreen products. We should expect to see new rules and regulations by the end of 2019 from the FDA.

We encourage all Mezza readers to check out the following guide to see how your sunscreen product performed in the EWG study: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkqOWm76-4gIVWEwNCh2xEAUzEAAYASAAEgJFa_D_BwE.

Helpful Resources

  1. EWG’s Sunscreen Guide: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/
  2. FDA Current Sunscreen News: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/understanding-over-counter-medicines/sunscreen-how-help-protect-your-skin-sun

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