Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate) has been detected in human urine, blood and breast milk and is known for moderate risk of skin allergy. Some studies suggest that Octinoxate has estrogen like effects however less than 1% skin penetration has been found in human laboratory studies. As not much study has been done on effects of Octinoxate during breast feeding its recommended to use safe alternatives.
Octyl Methoxycinnamate (OMC) is a frequently used UV-filter in sunscreens and other cosmetics. Octinoxate can be systemically absorbed after skin application, being found in the deeper layers of the stratum corneum as well as urine, plasma, and breast milk. The mean maximum plasma concentration detected after application of 2mg/cm2 sunscreen was 7ng/mL in women and 16ng/mL in men. FDA study found blood levels 13 times above cutoff for systemic exposure.
Several studies indicated that OMC acts as an endocrine disruptor due to the ability to interfere with endocrine system at different levels. In humans OMC exposure has minor, but statistically significant effects on the levels of testosterone and estradiol. Moreover, some studies suggested that OMC can interact with the hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis.
Moreover, a study of offspring of dams treated with OMC (500–1000 mg/kg/day) showed sex-dependent behavioral changes, namely decreased motor activity in females, but not in males, and improved spatial learning in males, suggesting that OMC can affect neuronal development, however the doses used in these experiments were extremely high, not relevant to possible human exposure.Note: Study and data for tropical use only
Octyl salicylate is an oil soluble chemical sunscreen agent that absorbs UVB radiation. It does not protect against UVA. Octyl salicylate is used to augment the UVB protection in a sunscreen. Salicylates are weak UVB absorbers and they are generally used in combination with other UV filters
Octisalate rarely causes allergies in tropical usage. Not much study has been done on effects of topical usage of Octisalate during breast feeding however it is known to penetrate the skin hence it’s better to use other alternatives.
FDA study found blood levels 10 times above cutoff for systemic exposure, skin penetration in lab studies has been observedNote: Study and data for tropical use only
Oxybenzone has been found in mother’s milk. And has relatively high 1% to 9% skin penetration in lab studies. Oxybenzone has relatively high rates of skin allergy, it has weak estrogen like effects, and its observed as moderate anti-androgen. Oxybenzone is associated with altered birth weight in human studies. It is not recommended to use Oxybenzone during breast feeding.Note: Study and data for tropical use only.
Not much study has been done on effects of topical usage of Titanium Dioxide during breast feeding but as there is no finding of Titanium Dioxide passing in breast milk its unlikely to cause any health issue for infant.
Some animal studies suggest that maternal exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles during pregnancy and lactation alters offspring hippocampal mRNA BAX and Bcl-2 levels, induces apoptosis and decreases neurogenesis. But dosage was significantly higher than daily possible exposure to humans.Note: Study and data for tropical use only. Inhalation concerns in powder or spray products.
You should immediately inform your health care provider about Spf 30 Sunscreen | Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide Spray usage and your breastfeeding interval after usage of
Please double check with your doctor if he is aware of your breastfeeding stratus, Ask your doctor if there is any safe alternative of Spf 30 Sunscreen | Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide Spray. Check with your doctor if you shall temporally stop breastfeeding. You may go for second opinion as well. Still after all of this if your doctor still recommends Spf 30 Sunscreen | Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide Spray then go for it as they have access on more detailed medical and scientific information and they understand your individual medical situation much better.
Extreme level of monitoring required as Spf 30 Sunscreen | Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide Spray could be dangerous for kid.
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