FDA & Sunscreen Labels

June 15, 2011 by USA Post 

FDA & Sunscreen LabelsFDA & Sunscreen Labels, The new federal standards for sunscreen labels are coming to a pharmacy shelf near you. The Food and Drug Administration is trying to make sunscreen less confusing for American consumers. The idea is to make sunscreens more effective and easier to use. For example, FOX23 News buys a can of Neutrogena “Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray,” and of 13.89. The label on the packaging says the product is “ultra sweat,” “waterproof” and has a protection factor “100.” However, FDA believes that the terms are confusing and could lead, even sunbathing error to believe that it is necessary to “re-apply throughout the day.

That’s why the agency has issued new rules and guidelines that require new labeling rules, and mandate that manufacturers of sunscreen efficacy testing of their products against the sun’s rays that pose the greatest risk or skin cancer from UV rays. The compulsory change of the media, a year from now, writing in the same boat Neutrogena sunscreen must be completely different. Some swimmers of the Capital Region have come with their own strategy for the choice of SPF and skin protection, especially in the skin of their children from sunburn.

Romana Danicova of Colonie has a son-skinned 13-month-old named Lucas. She said: “I usually put anything around 30, 40, 50, 60 (SPF) of it, depending on the weather and everything.”

When asked if she reapplies sunscreen “often”, he said, “It depends. Generally, when you go in the water that I do.”

Bridget Kelly of Schenectady is also very conscious of sun on childcare. She said: “They have white skin, and just got back often, every four hours if exposed to sun during the day.”

When asked how many FPS you normally buy, he said, “Usually 35. I can use 30 or more.”

As a result, despite what the FDA is asking confusing product labels, both mothers are in the right direction.

However, the agency expects the label change will help reduce confusion.

By this time next year, terms like “waterproof”, “sweat” and SPF higher than 50 is prohibited.

And those are not the only changes to the road.

Under the rule changes, sunscreens with SPF less than 15, or no protection against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B must carry a warning label.

Albany Dermatologist Dr. Teddy Pan thinks it’s a big step in the right direction.

Dr. Pan said, “Well, I think people were confused by the waterproofing and the (labels) to sweat. Estimate that when they go swimming and do not need to reapply sunscreen after.”

But Dr. Pan says a new application every two hours is really the key to being sun safe. “Look for a sunscreen that is” broad spectrum “, and has an SPF higher than 30,” he said. “I always recommend to reapply sunscreen every two hours, usually after swimming or excessive sweating.”

Dr. Pan also recommends limiting your sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm, and choosing what you wear with care.

We suggest you wear a hat, and even invest in “sun-protective” clothing, or shirts and pants with SPF built into the fabric.

The FDA ordered changes in the labeling of sunscreen products will appear in stores in July 2012.

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