Consumer reports is encouraging parents to stay away from using spray-on sunscreen on their children under that age of 8.
The FDA is currently investigating the potential risk of breathing in the chemicals that come out of the can.
“Young kids are more at risk at getting sprayed in the eye and inhaling it so we really don’t recommend sprays for really young children. We do recommend them for school age children who are in and out of swimming pools because they seem to give really good waterproof coverage,” said Louise Stewart, Santa Barbara Dermatologist.
If you do happen to use the spray-on sunscreen, it’s suggested to not use it in an enclosed area.
“A lot of the times people will spray the sunscreen in their car and that would be another place I wouldn’t recommend. Wait until you get outside because you don’t want to be breathing in the fumes. We really don’t know what the long term effects are just yet, but it’s just not worth taking the risk,” said Alexis Dougherty, Santa Barbara dermatologist.