The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way sunscreens are labeled to make it easier for people to know which products will give them the best protection. Right now, the label's SPF only indicates how well the product protects against UVB rays that lead to sunburn. It doesn't protect the UVA rays that increase the risk for skin cancer.
Starting next year, only sunscreens that protect against both kinds of rays will be labeled "Broad Spectrum." Products need an SPF of at least 15 to claim they reduce the risk of skin cancer. The FDA is considering setting a maximum SPF at 50 because there's no evidence the bigger numbers offer anything more.
Dr. Neil Korman said, "It takes away the attempt at marketing hype of ‘I've got a 70, no I've got an 80, no I've got a 90.' Those are better and better and better. I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between them."
There will be no more claims that sunscreens are water proof or sweat-proof because the FDA says that's misleading. Instead, it says people need to understand that the general rule is use a lot of sunscreen when you're out under the sun.
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