FDA investigates potential risks of spray sunscreen, says children are at greater risk

PALM BEACH, Fla. - Consumer Reports is advising parents not to use spray sunscreen on their children until the Food and Drug Administration completes an investigation into its potential risks.

The FDA is concerned about the possibility that people might breathe in the ingredients and say children are at the greatest risk.

The study is trying to figure out if the sprays irritate the lungs and cause asthma attacks.  If you continue to use the spray, avoid inhaling it or spraying it directly on your face.

Also, when it's windy, people tend to not spray enough on their skin, leaving them with less sun protection.

If you do use a spray sunscreen, it is recommended you spray it onto your hands and rub it on your child.

Consumer Reports removed one sunscreen spray -- Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 -- from the group of recommended sunscreens because it is marketed especially for children.

Sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports in the past have found that those containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide could have particles known for causing developmental issues in animals.

The FDA's study hopes to determine whether these chemicals are more harmful in spray form, since they're more likely to be inhaled by kids.

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