FDA Heats Up Sunscreen Standards

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – New FDA regulations will burn sunscreen manufacturers with low standards of protection.

Before making claims about cancer protection, sunscreens will now have to go through more rigorous testing to prove their effectiveness at blocking dangerous radiation. The rules are meant to make consumers more aware of how protective these products really are.

Lynn Cornelius, dermatologist with Washington University and the Siteman Cancer Center, said the new rules will not allow sunscreens to claim protection against skin cancer or aging unless they have a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. She also said the new rules raise standards for protection against ultra-violet A rays, which penetrate deep into the skin and cause cancer, along with the rules alread in place regarding UV B rays.

“So when a consumer goes in and buys a sunscreen that has an SPF of thirty, they should know that that thirty is reflective of not only ultra-violet B, or ‘burning rays,’ but also proportionally reflective of their protection against UV A,” Cornelius said.

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