FDA UPDATE ON SUN PROTECTION FACTORS

On Feb 21 the FDA named 12 ingredients in sunscreens that require further studies to consider them Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective (GRASE). There are only two ingredients in sunscreens that are currently recognized as GRASE, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The 12 ingredients which require additional information to make them GRASE are: cinoxate, dioxybenzone, ensulizole, homosalate, meradimate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, padimate O, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone, and avobenzone. “We are proposing that these ingredients require additional data before a positive GRASE determination can be made,” FDA press officer Sandy Walsh said in an interview, referring to the 12 ingredients. “This proposed rule does not represent a conclusion by the FDA that the sunscreen active ingredients proposed as having insufficient data are unsafe for use in sunscreens. Rather, we are requesting additional information on these ingredients so that we can evaluate their GRASE status in light of changed conditions, including substantially increased sunscreen usage and evolving information about the potential risks associated with these products since they were originally evaluated.”

LUMINA carries an extensive line of sunscreens containing only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and LUMINA only promotes SPF products that have these physical SPF components. Please read the ingredients of your daily SPF product to ensure you are using an effective and FDA recommended SPF.

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