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New rule by FDA about the sunscreens. EWG
These rules — that go into effect June 2012 — fall short. While they bar the industry from continuing to use misleading claims like “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock,” they still allow potentially dangerous ingredients like retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. In another example of almost-but-not-quite-right, the FDA’s new standard for UVA protection is so weak that it will allow nearly every product on the market today to claim both UVA and UVB protection, indicated by the term “broad spectrum” despite the fact that some products do not offer adequate protection.
If you want to protect yourself from the sun, you’ll still need more information than labels will contain to make informed choices. EWG will continue to analyze sunscreens and publish our popular Sunscreen Guide to give you the information you need to make the best decisions. Together, we’ll keep pushing for greater protections for you and your family.
http://ewg.org/release/fda-sunscreen-rules-too-little-and-very-lateWashington, D.C. –The federal Food and Drug Administration’s first sunscreen rules, released today after nearly 33 years of deliberations, fall short.“FDA’s action offers some noticeable improvements for consumers, such limiting misleading claims” said David Andrews, Ph.D, a senior scientist with Environmental Working Group. “However, it is clear that FDA caved to industry and weakened its safety standards. Its earlier draft proposed stronger health protections.”According to Andrews, the agency’s final rule for UVA protection has been substantially watered down from a draft circulated in 2007.“The agency’s weak standard for UVA protection will not allow consumers to differentiate between superior and mediocre products,” Andrews said. “FDA’s rule will allow most products on the U.S. market to use the label ‘broad spectrum sunscreen,’ even though some will not offer enough protection to assure Americans they can stay in the sun without suffering skin damage from invisible UVA radiation. For that reason, about 20 percent of products that meet the new FDA standards could not be sold in Europe, where UVA standards are strict.”
What not to buy: Avoid sunscreens with these dangerous ingredients…
Oxybenzone. A hormone-disrupting chemical linked with endocrine disruption and cell damage (and low birth weight when used by pregnant women). Oxybenzone can penetrate the skin and enter your bloodstream and is an ingredient in about half of sunscreens.
Retinyl palmitate. A vitamin A compound associated with the accelerated growth of skin lesions and tumors. Manufacturers put vitamin A derivatives in sunscreens because they are popular antioxidants that slow signs of aging, such as wrinkles and rough skin. But FDA data suggest that vitamin A has photo-carcinogenic properties, which means that when exposed to the sun, it may speed up cancer formation. EWG found retinyl palmitate in 41% of sunscreens.
DANGER: NO UVA PROTECTION
My advise: please use common sense. Don’t be under the sun too long. 10 minutes first time on the beach is fine. Educate yourself. Find out which sunscreens are safe. There are supplements available that will prevent skin damage.
Enjoy the sun!