FDA Posts New Guidelines for Sunscreen Protection

The FDA new guidelines for sunscreen products should help protect consumers against both sunburns- caused by ultraviolet B rays, and skin cancer and aging-caused by the more dangerous ultraviolet A rays. Manufacturers will now be required to let consumers know if their product blocks either UVA or UVB rays. To protect yourself, you will need to use a ” broad spectrum” sunscreen that blocks both rays. Manufacturers will also be required to market their sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15. There are 65,000 Americans diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year and almost 9,000 deaths. The FDA also is banning sunscreen that claim to be “waterproof” and “sweat proof”. Remember to protect your skin anytime you will be outdoors, even if it is for a short walk.

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