New FDA Sunscreen Regulations Announced

Get ready Portland: summer is officially here. And just in time for summer, the Food and Drug Administration has unveiled new FDA sunscreen regulations. The new regulations will change how sunscreens are labeled, starting in summer of 2012.

According to Jill Lindstrom M.D., a dermatologist for the FDA, “We encourage consumers to use sunscreens that are labeled with a broad spectrum SPF value of at least 15.

These sunscreens help reduce the risk of sun burn, skin cancer, and early skin aging, when used as directed with other sun protection measures.”

Broad spectrum sunscreens protect from UVA rays (which cause skin aging) and UVB rays (which cause sunburns).

What Are The New FDA Sunscreen Regulations?

Starting in 2012, sunscreens cannot be labeled with an SPF value higher than SPF 50.  Also, manufacturers will have to prove their broad spectrum protection claims.

The new sunscreen label rules will also change the labels of sunscreens that are sweat resistant or water resistant. Currently, the labels may say “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” According to the FDA, sunscreens lose effectiveness when wet and will need to be reapplied frequently.

Sun Protection For Summer 2011

Even though the new labels will not go into effect until 2012, consumers can still use this information to be better protected this summer. Keep in mind:

  • No sunscreen is truly water proof or sweat proof
  • The best sunscreens are broad spectrum sunscreens
  • Sunscreen can be combined with clothing and shade for better protection

The FDA also states that they have no reason to believe that currently available sunscreens are unsafe. Remember, protecting your skin from the sun now can help protect your skin from early skin aging. Photoaging is skin aging caused by the sun. It is a major cause of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as changes in skin tone and texture.

If you feel your skin is already showing the effects of photoaging, make an appointment to learn how the skin and surgical treatments we offer can improve the appearance of skin aging. It is important that you protect your skin from the sun following laser treatments, skin resurfacing, or any surgical procedure. We also carry top of the line sunscreens.

If you want more information on the new FDA Sunscreen Regulations, the FDA has put out a short video.

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