FDA issues new label requirements for sunscreen

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hoping new sunscreen labels will make it easier for consumers to choose the best products.

Under the new FDA label requirements, only products that pass testing will receive water resistant labels.

The same requirements will apply to broad spectrum, which means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Any product with an SPF below 15 will also have a warning saying it helps prevent sunburn but will not protect against skin cancer or aging.

“Anything off the shelf that says ‘broad spectrum, 30 to 50’, you should use it and reapply it,” Dr. Ellen Marmur with the American Academy of Dermatology said. “That should take all the confusion away.

Dermatologists add that wearing hats and staying in the shade are other easy ways to help protect from harmful sun rays.

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