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Alissa Marrapodi

Alissa Marrapodi is the managing editor for inside cosmeceuticals and production editor for Natural Products INSIDER. She has a passion for all things natural, including food, cosmetics and supplements. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in journalism. She loves hiking, photography, red wine and traveling.

New FDA Sunscreen Regs


As I’m sure you’re well aware of, FDA released its new sunscreen labeling guidelines. I’ve highlighted a few of the major changes, which are broken out into three categories: Broad Spectrum, Use Claims and Label Updates. I’m actually really excited about these changes. Talking with friends and family, it’s amazing how much people don’t know about sunscreen and UV damage; and how confused they are about sunburns, skin aging, etc.

Here’s a quick rundown:

Broad Spectrum:

  • Sunscreen products that pass FDA's test for protection against UVA/UVB rays will be labeled as "Broad Spectrum."

Use Claims:

  • Products labeled as Broad Spectrum with SPF values of 15 or higher may state they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging when used with other sun protection measures and when used as directed.
  • Products with SPF values between 2 and 14 may be labeled as Broad Spectrum if they pass the required test; but can only state they help prevent sunburn.
  • Any products that fail to meet the Broad Spectrum guidelines or have an SPF of 2 to 14 must include a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.

Label Updates:

  • The terms waterproof, sweat-proof and sunblock will no longer appear on packaging.
  • If a sunscreen product is water-resistant, it can be placed on the label; but it will also include the amount of time before it should be reapplied (40 or 80 minutes).
  • All sunscreens will be required to have a Drug Facts section on the back and/or side of the container that will include Active Ingredients and Use Claims.

These changes will take place over the next 12 months, and FDA is available at (800) 299-4786 for questions, etc.

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