Skin expert applauds proposed sunscreen rules

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Uva protection Ultraviolet Sunscreen

New US labeling rules governing sun care products have
been praised by a leading dermatologist as being a step in the
right direction towards protecting consumer health.

"Everyday in my practice I see the effects of sunlight damage onpeople's skin. That's why I definitely endorse this proposal,"​ said Dr. Marcy Street, M.D., a skin cancer expert and the founder of Doctor's Approach Dermatology & Laser Center and Med Spa. Dr. Street performs Mohs surgery for recurrent skin cancers and is a Mayo Clinic-trained, board certified dermatologist. Likewise she is a clinical instructor in Michigan State University's Department of Dermatology and is recognized as an expert in skin and hair wellness. At the end of August the FDA proposed a new rule for sunscreen products; introducing a rating system for UVA protection, and requiring a warning statement about the dangers of sun exposure to appear on the label. The proposal introduces new standards for the formulating, testing and labeling of over-the-counter sunscreen products, in particular introducing a rating system for UVA protection. The UVA rating system works on a scale of one to four stars, with one star providing a low level of protection, two providing medium, three high, and four providing the highest level of protection available in over the counter sunscreens. If the sunscreen is not awarded even a one star for low level UVA protection the proposals suggest that 'no UVA protection' be required on the front label near the SPF value. In addition to the rating system, the new proposals would require a warning statement to appear in the 'Drug Facts' box on the label stating that 'UV exposure from the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging, and other skin damage. It is important to decrease UV exposure by limiting time in the sun, wearing protective clothing, and using a sunscreen'​The FDA is accepting comments on the new rule until November 26, 2007 after which time final consideration will be given to its implementation.

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