Splashing on sunscreen lotion may seem to be the right thing when going out in the sun but a new study has warned that excessive use of sunscreen creams or lotions could increase the risk of skin cancer.
The study was conducted by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology who found that some compounds present in sunscreen lotions can increase the risk of skin cancer if they are exposed to sunlight.
The researchers were quick to add that they were not against using sunscreen lotions but said that it should be used only sporadically and in small amounts.
Says skin expert Krishna Kumar, "Regular sun exposure can be harmful, but one can try sporadic sun exposure as getting into direct contact of sun also decreases the risk of melanoma (a more deadly form of skin cancer). So safe sun exposure, without any litmus shield like sunscreen, can help in getting away from skin cancer as well."