U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - To use sunscreen or not to use sunscreen? That’s the age-old question. Oxybenzone is the organic compound found in most sunscreen lotion potions. Sure it protects skin by having UV rays scatter upon impact and it’s okay for humans to use, but what about new research and the direct correlation of Oxybenzone possibly wiping out the world's coral reef population.
The study says the compound disrupts coral growth, damages DNA, and in some cases kills. Scientists in the study predict reefs could disappear entirely within a few decades. The researchers say a single drop of sunscreen in water the size of six Olympic size swimming pools contains enough Oxybenzone to begin disrupting coral growth.