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Diatribe: Sunscreen That Catches Fire.


When I was a kid, people would go to the beach to “lay out” and get a tan.  Kids would run in and out of the surf without a care in the world, splashing and enjoying the experience.  We didn’t worry about “skin cancer”, we only worried about “sunburn”.

Lotions were expensive and were primarily intended to enhance one’s tan more so than protect a sunbather’s skin.  We’d get burned to the point of blistering, our dead skin cells would peel away in sheets and we’d head right back into the water or the pool.

Over the years, suntan lotion evolved into sunscreen and its purposed morphed to protection from the “sun’s harmful rays”.

Banana Boat, one of the leading making of sunscreen products recently announced a recall of twenty-three spray-on products because of a risk that they could catch fire on one’s skin, after reports of five people being burned in the United States and Canada.  The sunscreens are being recalled “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.”

Apparently, once this spray is applied to the skin, it remains highly flammable until completely dry.  If a user comes into contact with a flame or spark before it dries, there is a potential for the product to ignite.

Personally, I’d rather suffer from sunburn than go up in flames.

Do you use sunscreen?


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From → Diatribes

  1. Holy crap, not good. I tried using those sprays one summer and they made my skin break out something fierce. I looked in to the chemicals they contained and decided to never use them again- I’ll stick with the traditional titanium dioxide thanks.


  2. Well, in their defense, flame is very low in UVA and UVB.

    I think.


  3. How the hell did that slip through their QA process?!?


  4. Apparently the containers say “Keep away from open sources of flame.” Which is more politically correct than, “Retards who smoke in public should stay away from this highly flammable shit.”


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