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FDA ends the labeling confusion for SPF on sunscreen and sunblock products.

New FDA Rules for Sunscreen - The FDA has finally clarified the SPF rules for sunscreen use. No
longer can manufacturers make claims without provide proof of the claim. This should clarify the
terminology associated with sunblock which has confused consumers for years. Remember, protect
yourself from skin cancer with sunshades, patio shades, awnings and sun block.

(Taken directly from the
FDA website...)

  • Broad Spectrum designation. Sunscreens that pass FDA's broad spectrum test procedure,
    which measures a product's UVA protection relative to its UVB protection, may be labeled as
    "Broad Spectrum SPF [value]" on the front label. For Broad Spectrum sunscreens, SPF values
    also indicate the amount or magnitude of overall protection. Broad Spectrum SPF products
    with > SPF 15 provide greater protection and may claim additional uses.

  • Use claims. Only Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF 15 or higher can claim to reduce
    the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection
    measures. Non-Broad Spectrum sunscreens and Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF
    value between 2 and 14 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.

  • "Waterproof, "sweatproof" or "sunblock" claims. Manufacturers cannot label sunscreens as
    "waterproof" or "sweatproof," or identify their products as "sunblocks," because these claims
    overstate their effectiveness. Sunscreens also cannot claim to provide sun protection for more
    than 2 hours without reapplication or to provide protection immediately after application (for
    example-- "instant protection") without submitting data to support these claims and obtaining
    FDA approval.

  • Water resistance claims. Water resistance claims on the front label must indicate whether the
    sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating,
    based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water resistant must include a direction
    instructing consumers to use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
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