Carla Burns

Senior Director, Cosmetic Science

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.

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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.

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Carla Burns
CNN

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.

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Carla Burns
PopSugar

Consumers face the risk of carcinogenic exposure when using talc contaminated with asbestos.

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Carla Burns
Well + Good

The 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.

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Carla Burns
Women’s Health

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.

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Carla Burns
HuffPost

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.

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Carla Burns
Houston Chronical