Newswise — Pharmacist Abby Yancey was recently looking for some child friendly sunscreen and was quickly confronted with a variety of potentially confusing choices for what should have been an easy and straight-forward decision. She had several questions including: “What is the best sunscreen for children?” and “What’s in my kid’s sunscreen?”

As a full-time working mom, I was extremely pleased that I had purchased my kids’ sunscreen prior to the daycare email reminding us to bring it in. Woo-hoo! I was finally ahead of the game with a double pack of Coppertone suntan spray! Then the reminder email came saying they prefer sunscreen without oxybenzone. Go figure. I bought a spray that contained oxybenzone. Back to Target I went. I love an excuse to go to Target, but as I was in the sunscreen aisle I noticed that almost all of the sunscreens contain oxybenzone. As any mom would, I Googled it and quickly became overwhelmed with all the information out there. I ended up just buying one of the first things I saw, which was crazy expensive and it came in a ridiculously small bottle for the cost.

Dr. Yancey shares her discoveries on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy blog