Carla Burns
Research Analyst
Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bug repellents
  • Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
  • Skin Deep®
  • Sunscreens

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  • M.S., Environmental Science, American University
  • B.A., Earth and Environmental Science, University of Rochester


Carla Burns brings several years of nonprofit data analysis and project management experience to EWG’s Healthy Living Science team. Burns specializes in toxics research and has a background in ecotoxicology. She is a passionate advocate for reducing overall body burden by making small changes to limit our daily chemical exposure. Burns manages the EWG Skin Deep® database and updates to the EWG Guide to Sunscreens.


In the News

"The main route of pesticide exposure for most Americans who do not live or work on or near farms is through their diet. By helping consumers know what foods to be more health-conscious about or to gravitate toward in the grocery store, this guide intends to assist making decisions about the way pesticide regulation impacts health.”
- Carla Burns
March 20, 2019
“Oxybenzone is used in about two-thirds of the nonmineral sunscreens we reviewed this year. It is surprising that oxybenzone is still used in many products on the market since there are known health hazards associated with this ingredient, such as skin sensitization and hormone disruption, and it is easily absorbed through the skin.”
- Carla Burns
May 25, 2019
“EWG started the EWG Verified program as a way to help consumers recognize products that do not contain harmful ingredients, fully disclose ingredients, and are made with sustainable manufacturing practices. The best way to tell if a product contains chemicals of concern is by checking the label or by using resources like EWG’s Skin Deep database or Healthy Living app."
- Carla Burns
March 20, 2020
“Studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables free of pesticides benefits health, and this is especially important for pregnant women and children.”
- Carla Burns
March 29, 2019
“Dacthal, the potentially carcinogenic pesticide, is typically applied directly to soil as a weed-killer. Because it’s in the soil, it can then be absorbed into the plant itself. Growing practices like this may explain the pesticide contamination that’s endemic to much of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and vegetables.”
- Carla Burns
March 27, 2019
“Oxybenzone is found in two-thirds of non-mineral sunscreens. It can induce allergies; it’s a hormone-disrupter that is harmful for adults and kids. There have been tests that show that use by adolescent boys can lead to lower testosterone levels – that’s very concerning.”
- Carla Burns
May 23, 2019

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