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Sunscreens get screened
The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing new regulations for sunscreen manufacturers.
The laws will make sure consumers know that there is protection for both Ultraviolet A and B rays in the products.
Dr. Emily Archbald, a St. Anthony dermatologist, said key components of sunscreen are chemical and physical blockers.
They work by different mechanisms to deflect the sun's rays.
Consumers will see new information on labels, which should include:
• Broad Spectrum SPF: The label indicates that the product has both UVB and proportional UVA protection (the minimum SPF per the FDA is 15; Archbald and the American Academy of Dermatology recommend minimum of 30.)
• Water-resistance claims will be limited to 40 or 80 minutes of effectiveness (no more waterproof, sweat proof, or sunblock terms).
• Products with an SPF of 2 to 14 can only claim to prevent sunburn.
Archbald also said to always apply sunscreen to the face with specifically formulated moisturizer or foundation.
Information is provided by St. Anthony Hospital and Dr. Emily Archbald. For more information, call Saints Physician Referral at 231-8866 or go to www.saintsok.com.