ATLANTA (CNN) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new regulations for over-the-counter sunscreen products to keep up with the latest scientific findings and safety information.
The proposal announced on Thursday is for the public to review and comment on for the next 90 days and addresses the safety of general sunscreen ingredients and their dosage forms, sun protection factor (SPF) and broadband requirements. It also deals with labeling to help consumers identify important product information.
"Since the first review of these products, we know much more about the effects of the sun and about the absorption of sunscreen through the skin," "FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement:
Over-the-counter Sunscreen products are regulated by the FDA under the Sunscreen Innovation Act, an accelerated process that was introduced in 201
The proposed regulation could continue to market certain ingredients and formulations without new drug approvals, including zinc oxide, titanium oxide and sunscreens sold as sprays, oils, etc. Lotions, creams, gels, butters, pastes, ointments and sticks.
Two ingredients – PABA and trolaminsalicylate – would not normally be on the ingredient list are considered safe and effective, and any product containing them would be considered a new drug and would need to be approved by the FDA before being placed on the market.
For a further list of 12 components, the Authority said there was insufficient data to decide on safety and adequate rules; As such, it has asked the sunscreen industry to conduct additional tests.
The agency has also asked the industry for additional tests with powders and found that towels, toilet paper, body wash, shampoos and other dosage forms are considered new drugs and medicines. The approval process must be completed.
The ingredients, for which the FDA requires additional safety data, have been in use and used in the United States for at least 20 years. American Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He said he welcomes the FDA's efforts to provide additional safety data for some of them, but does not want people to forego wearing sunscreen for safety reasons.
"We are quite familiar with the types of sunscreen we have in the United States," he said.
Lim also fears that the proposed regulation will allow the approval of ingredients available in other parts of the world for sunscreen in the United States, as companies may not be willing to conduct the necessary tests
Environmentalists praised the proposal
"For a decade, the EEC has been working to raise concerns about sunscreen with oxybenzone" said David Andrews, a senior scientist from the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental association, "Today, the FDA has recognized these concerns, and oxybenzone and 13 other ingredients are not considered safe and effective for its use."
In addition to Wearing sunscreen
Dermatologists recommend the fo Lying steps to protect your skin and to find the skin Cancer early:
- If necessary, search for color . Remember that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 and 14 o'clock. If your shadow is shorter than you, seek shade.
- Wear protective clothing, such as a light long-sleeved shirt, trousers, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Be particularly careful near water, snow and sand as they reflect the harmful rays of the sun, which can increase the likelihood of sunburn.
- Get Vitamin D Safe through a healthy diet that may contain vitamin supplements.
- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tanned, you may want to use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen.
- Check your birthday costume on your birthday. If you notice any change, itching, or bleeding on your skin, contact a certified dermatologist. Skin cancer is easily treatable at early catch.
Credit: American Academy of Dermatology
The proposal also deals with the SPF of sunscreens and the coverage of the broad spectrum.
It would increase the maximum SPF labeling of products to 50+ at 50+, based on new evidence of some clinical benefits of an additional SPF.
The Regulation would also require that all products labeled with an SPF of 15 or higher offer broad spectrum protection against UVA radiation, which is typically associated with premature aging of the probe skin and UVB associated with skin cancer and sunburn.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends selecting products that are water resistant and have a broadband protection and SPF of at least 30 Sunscreen manufacturers require their products to have active ingredients on the front and clearer SPF, Clearly identify broadband and water resistance statements.
made with insect repellents would also be considered as new drugs.
The FDA looks for comments from the public. "We will continue to work with industry, consumers and public health stakeholders to ensure that we find the right balance," said Gottlieb.
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