The Food and Drug Administration just announced a new proposal on sunscreen safety that will likely flip the industry on its head. And no, it’s not an exaggeration, it’s a pretty big deal (at least to us lol). While the FDA has recently updated regulations involving the level of SPF and stating if the protectant is broad-spectrum or not, the FDA has not updated its stance on sunscreen safety in more than 40 years. Shocking, we know! How could the ingredients of something SO important not be looked at in 40 years?!
Their proposal: “Of the 16 different active ingredients in sunscreens currently on the market, the FDA deemed only two as being safe to use: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.”, according to the Allure article.
The FDA is stating that there isn’t enough scientific data on 12 of the 14 possibly dangerous ingredients. The other 2 ingredients, PABA and trolamine salicylate, that could be in sunscreens have actually already been deemed as harmful to humans by FDA. However, according to Theresa Michele, director of the FDA’s division of nonprescription drug products (DNDP), you most likely don’t have to worry about those too much. Stating, “to our knowledge, there are no sunscreens currently on the market that contain the two active ingredients that we are proposing to be not generally recognized as safe”. So we’re assuming that these two ingredients haven’t been used in sunscreen in quite a while. But there a TON of sunscreens that have the 12 ingredients that the FDA is requesting more research and data on. We will just have to wait and see if they’re safe or not to move forward.
We recommend a physical sunscreen if you’re worried about the questionable ingredients. The two ingredients they already deemed safe – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – are ingredients commonly used physical sunscreens. If you don’t know the difference between a physical and chemical sunscreen, don’t worry, we got you! Just click here to read that blog.