Advocacy Groups See Sunscreen Risks Where Industry Sees Efficacy
The Environmental Working Group's 2017 guide steers consumers toward mineral-based formulas due to purported risks associated with chemical actives, while Consumer Reports says mineral sunscreens are most likely to carry inflated SPF claims. Online chatter shows Consumers understandably are at a loss.
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The Environmental Working Group says 80% of 1,700 sunscreens it analyzed “contain harmful ingredients or offer inadequate protection against dangerous ultraviolet radiation – or both,” and doubts that sunscreens prevent most skin cancer. The Personal Care Products Council characterizes the report as “chock full of misinformation.”
Headed for its second reading in the Florida House after its counterpart passed the Senate on 29 January, HB 113 would expressly preempt local regulation of OTC drugs and cosmetics. According to House analysis documents, “This nullifies the current City of Key West ordinance” banning the sale of sunscreens containing reputed coral-killing UV filters.
As of 5 February, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is evaluating use of titanium dioxide – now officially classified as a Category 2 carcinogen in the EU – in cosmetic products that can expose consumers by way of inhalation. Without a favorable SCCS opinion, the ingredient’s use in those contexts will be banned under Article 15 of the Cosmetics Regulation.