Sunscreen to Have Stricter Labeling to Protect Against Cancer-Causing UVA Light


Until the changes go into effect, consumers should look for labels between SPF 15 and SPF 50 that mention both UVA and UVB protection, said Dr. Mark Abdelmalek, chief of dermatology at Drexel University College of Medicine and ABC News medical contributor.

"Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens which are already known to reliably protect against both UVA and UVB rays," said Abdelmalek. "Consumers should also assume there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. these tend to be more expensive and there is no evidence they are actually waterproof.

The label will also include ways that people can protect themselves from sun overexposure such as limiting time in the sun and wearing protective clothing.

"For a long time, the public has needed a clear message about the effectiveness of sunscreen," said Dr. Ronald Moy, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Ultraviolet exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer."

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