A Warning About Wearing Flammable Sunscreen

A Warning About Wearing Flammable Sunscreen


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If a spray sunscreen is your preferred method of sunblock, you may want to listen up.

According to a recent NPR report, last year there were five incidents reported by the FDA of people catching on fire after using spray sunscreen. And we’re not talking about sunburn—which would be a walk in the park compared to what we’re about to tell you. People actually caught on fire. One man while cooking on a grill, another after lighting up a cigarette, and one person burst into flames from standing too close to a citronella candle. ¡Que horror!

But before you start denouncing all sunscreen, it seems the culprit here—the spray sunscreen—wasn’t completely dry when the victims made contact with the flames. Also the Banana Boat product in question was voluntarily withdrawn from the market due to a “potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.”

So yeah, make sure that your spray SPF is absolutely dry before getting anywhere near fire. Or just opt for the classic lather-on, cream formula.