Our formula is, of course, proprietary, meaning it's a secret we protect highly. We can discuss, however, the mechanism of action in general terms. Sunscreens either reflect (physical) UV rays or absorb (chemical) them to be effective. DEET works simply by being offensive to mosquitoes, gnats, no-see-ums, ticks, flies, etc. Other theories of how DEET works are out there but recent data suggests it just does not smell good to them. DEET looses repellency over time (3-8 hours) based on concentration applied to the skin as it is either absorbed or evaporates/volatizes into the air. Now, here’s the magic of Sunsect.
The Sunsect formula suspends the DEET molecules in a plasticized matrix with its film formers and waterproofing agents the effect of which is to decrease both absorption and evaporation. Thus giving Sunsect its extremely low toxicity profile and its unexpectedly long repellency considering it’s only a 20% solution.
DEET is Safe and the ONLY Real Repellent
Unfortunately, DEET in some areas is the victim of some very inaccurate and misguided safety concerns generally based on erroneous information, rumor and self-serving rhetoric. In truth, DEET has a very low toxicity profile when used as directed on the skin. The following factoids are the facts currently known about this most excellent repellent:
Who Should Use Sunsect ?
In a word, EVERYONE! Whenever out of doors at a time of the year when biting insects are active. In the equatorial parts of the earth that is pretty much year around. To be in compliance with recommendations of the CDC, American College of Dermatology and many other authorities, Sunsect really is the only sensible and trustworthy solution for those who need both a sunscreen and reliable insect repellent.
Education of the General Public
This year we are taking Sunsect to the commercial market after 15 years of exclusive military sales. Efforts are being made to educate the public as well as official agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), FEMA, rescue agencies, relief agencies, news companies, universities and churches and a host of other organizations.
DEET is very safe and as long as it is used as directed just like any other chemical. It should never be eaten and we don’t recommend inhalation. Below we compare the safety record of DEEET with other safe OTC products. As you can see, even with 30% of the population now using DEET with regularity, toxicity is rare and almost totally limited to skin reactions. Virtually all serious know DEET reactions have been in individuals after exceptionally frequent and high concentration use over long periods. No important toxicity has been seen in individuals who use DEET as directed. Additionally, our formulation is Sunsect appears to be even safer. After 15 + years of use by the US military on thousands of soldiers only a handful of minor skin reactions (15) or stinging eyes have been reported.
|Drug||Deaths||Toxicity Common Reaction|
|DEET||8 since 1962 all associated with inappropriate use or ingestion||Skin erythema
|Tylenol||500-1,000 per year||Liver failure|
|OTC Sleeping Meds||501 ER visits per year|
|NSAIDS (Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve)||100's||GI bleeding and kidney failure|
|Aspirin (ASA)||Common childhood OD
|Prescriptions Opioids (pain relievers)||16,000 per year*||Somnolence, respiratory, depression|
|Benzodiazepines (psychoactive drugs)||6,500*|
You Need Sunscreen and DEET
In a nutshell, when a person is outside these days it is recommended that you should wear sunscreen daily to lower exposure to UV rays that can cause skin cancers like basal cell, Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma and can result eventually in wrinkling and decreased elasticity of the skin (premature aging). Also, for most of the world, bug repellents are recommended (CDC) to prevent insect bourn illnesses like West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malarias, Dengue fever, and a lot other fevers.
Consider these points: