Finding the new FDA info on sunscreens confusing? Here's a good article by ABC News that helps.
[Note from Susan: A main takeaway from the following article is that the non-nano zinc oxide that I use is the gold standard for a safe ingredient. Chemical based ingredients other companies may use are either unsafe or need more research to determine their status.]
ABC NEWS Article: FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working on a rule that could change the way consumers think about which ingredients in sunscreen are considered safe, saying they believe now that mineral sunscreens are safe but products that use chemicals need more research.
The FDA announced Thursday that it has proposed a rule to declare mineral sunscreen ingredients as safe, specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The agency said 12 other chemicals commonly used in sunscreens need more research to determine if they're can be officially listed as safe, including oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Two other chemicals will be declared unsafe, but an FDA spokeswoman said those two aren't used anymore in the U.S.
An agency spokesperson emphasized that the FDA is not concluding the 12 common chemical ingredients are unsafe, but that they need more information to decide. Products with those ingredients will still be available while FDA works with the manufacturers to answer their questions.
The Environmental Working Group, an outspoken advocacy group that works to eliminate dangerous chemicals in products, says the rule is a "major win for public health," and pursues changes they've been pushing since they started looking at sunscreen 10 years ago. The group only recommends mineral sunscreens because they say chemicals used in sunscreen can be absorbed into the skin and disrupt hormones, or be inhaled when people use spray sunscreen.
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