Transcript for Natural and Chemical Sunblocks Battle to Protect Your Skin
a sunscreen reality check. Superstar Jessica alba has been defending her company after customer complaints that its all natural sunscreen doesn't actually work and that has people asking questions about just how much natural protection sunscreen actually gives you. ABC's Cecilia Vega has what you need to know. Reporter: Jessica alba on the hot seat this morning fighting back amid controversy over the effectiveness of its company spf sunscreen lotion. The criticism began after parents weighed in online claiming the product is ineffective. It was like we used baby oil this mom says posting a review on Amazon.com. Another writing, my daughter's back looked like a tomato and even blistered in one spot. Alba and her honest company co-founder defending their product explaining hers is one of many so-called natural sunscreens on the market. My dream was to create the ultimate family brand. Reporter: Insisting it has gone through extensive third-party testing and passed all requirements. Writing on their website, we develop and use honest sunscreen to protect our own children. But this morning those pictures reigniting a heated debate during the peek of summer. Do mineral based sunscreens work differently than sunscreens that use chemicals? Mineral-based sunscreens are often zinc or or titanium based while chemical base use oxy or avobenzen tempt. Account consumer reports" did not test the honest company's product but recently tested five other natural sunscreens where zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide are the active ingredients and the magazine concluded mineral based sunscreens are less likely to offer skin the complete protection it needs. One of the reasons why mineral sunscreens may not perform as well as the ones with chemicals is because the mineral particles form an uneven surface on your skin and you may not be getting good coverage. Reporter: In the end, most dermatologists agree, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen. Sunscreen is really important and you need to use it every day all year round even on cloudy days and no matter what your skin type is. Reporter: That's good advice. One more tip to remember these sunscreens are rig rusely tested so follow those application instructions closely. The American academy of dermatology not taking a side in this debate but it does say that it always recommends a broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen with an spf of 30 or higher, guys, so many options out there. It's hard to decide which one works best for your family. Yeah, absolutely. Cecilia, thanks so much. We have so much more coming
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