FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Published on July 1, 2011 by in Dermatology

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I am a huge advocate for proper sun protection so I am excited to see stricter labels for sunblock

Labeling on sunscreen bottles is about to get a whole lot less confusing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday stricter new rules for sunscreen manufacturers’ claims of sun protection, including new provisions that will allow labels to maintain for the first time that products can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.

The rules, which the FDA has been considering since 1978, will go into effect by next summer. They will require sunscreen manufacturers to test their products’ effectiveness against two types of the sun’s ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are largely responsible for sunburn; both UVA and UVB rays cause skin wrinkling and cancer.

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Most people don’t understand they should really be wearing a high spf sunblock every day. The average person has much more sun exposure than they realize. For example, if you commute an distance to work, you are getting sun exposure. Car manufacturers use window treatments that block UVB rays but not UVA rays. I had an aftermarket film added to my car windows to block both types. If your desk is next to a window at work, you are getting a lot of sun exposure there too. It adds up over time and the only way to protect yourself is sunblock everyday!

One Response to “FDA Sunscreen Regulations”

  1. Sugel says:

    UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging. Its intensity varies by season, location, and time of day. The most significant amount of UVB hits the U.S. between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October. However, UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice, which bounce back up to 80 percent of the rays so that they hit the skin twice. UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass.

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