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FDA Sunscreen Guidance

The FDA’s Recently (Finally) Released Sunscreen Guidance

We keep being asked about the impact of the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recently released (in 2011) sunscreen guidelines, so here’s a quick overview. First of all, new testing and labeling sunscreen standards were first proposed by the FDA 33 years ago (yes, you read that right, 33 years ago) and they have been in perpetual purgatory since then without any official action. Industry, consumer, and many different special interest groups, including dermatological societies and cancer prevention foundations, weighed in over the years, but no updates to the rules were ever made over that period by the FDA, despite the...

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Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid and Sunscreen Lotions Without Toxic Chemicals

Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid: Does Your Sunscreen Contain Toxic Chemicals?

Check the label of your sunscreen or sunblock for both the active and inactive ingredients. It’s best if your sunscreen contains only the active ingredient zinc oxide (it may also contain titanium dioxide). But if your topical sunscreen/sunblock has any of the following toxic chemicals it could actually be doing more harm than good! Here’s a list of some of the sunscreen ingredients to avoid: Avobenzone (Parsol 1789, Eusolex 9020, Escalol 517) Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567) Dioxybenzone (benzophenone-8) Octocrylene Sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (ensulizole) Homosalate Cinoxate PABA (4-Aminobenzoic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid) Padimate O (OD-PABA, octyldimethyl PABA, Escalol...

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