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Majority Of Sunscreens Tested Would Flunk Proposed FDA Safety Tests, Report Says
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
May 15, 2019 at 9:49 am
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Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group announced Wednesday.

The group released its analysis as part of its 2019 Guide to Sunscreens, a yearly report on sunscreen safety that the nonprofit began in 2006.

The group said it analyzed the ingredients and performance of more than 1,300 products with sun protection factor, or SPF; 750 of those are marketed as beach and sport sunscreens. The analysis involves only a fraction of the sunscreen products sold in the United States today, which the FDA estimates to number over 12,000.

The report said that over 60% of the products tested did not offer adequate sun protection or contained potentially harmful chemicals. ...

The FDA says there is no good data showing that sunscreens can protect past a level of 60+ SPF, and therefore labeling sunscreen at levels higher than 60+ could be misleading by providing a false sense of sun protection. ...
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A "consumer advocacy group," eh? Reminds me of two guys and a fax machine a/k/a Science in the Public Interest, or whatever that busybody group is called. In any event, a perusal of their website leads me to believe their "research" is anything but objective. So take it with a grain of salt.

"Because men have lost the objective basis of certainty of knowledge of the thing in which they are working, more and more I fear we are going to find them manipulating science according to their own sociological or political desires rather than standing upon concrete objectivity." Francis A. Schaeffer

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My dermatologist recommends SPF 100. If there's any truth to this activist group's alleged research, that would be a waste of money.
"Because men have lost the objective basis of certainty of knowledge of the thing in which they are working, more and more I fear we are going to find them manipulating science according to their own sociological or political desires rather than standing upon concrete objectivity." Francis A. Schaeffer

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Muslums have the best sun screen.  Why mess with the 7th century?

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My dermatologist recommends SPF 100. If there's any truth to this activist group's alleged research, that would be a waste of money.

Most comparisons say that over SPF 60 there is no measurable difference to your skin.

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What the New Proposed FDA Sunscreen Regulations Mean for You
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a26470685/fda-sunscreen-regulations/
Feb 22, 2019

Changes for SPF Ratings
The FDA also suggested raising the maximum SPF value allowed on labels from 50+ to 60+. An additional proposal would require that as SPF increases, the amount of protection against UVA radiation also increases.

What It Means
Even though you could see SPF 60 on new labels, it doesn't mean the formula has twice as much protection as SPF 30. In fact, when properly applied, SPF 30 will block about 97% of the harmful rays that cause sunburn. "Higher-number SPFs block slightly more of the sun's UVB rays, but no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun's UVB rays," the AAD states.

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Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2018
https://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/news/20180511/consumer-reports-ranks-top-sunscreens-for-2018
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