Associated Press - "FDA Delays Rules Meant To Ease Sunscreen Confusion"
Sunscreen confusion won't be over before summer after all. The government is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection their lotions really offer. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer but gave their makers a year — until this June — to get revised bottles on the shelf. The changes aimed to finally distinguish which brands protected against both sunburn-causing ultraviolet B rays and the deeper-penetrating ultraviolet A linked to skin cancer and premature aging. You want protection against both UVA and UVB rays, explained Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Once the new rules are in place, any sunscreen labeled "broad spectrum" will offer both, but until then, there's no guarantee behind that wording. To check for UVA protection now, look on the ingredient list for any of these names: zinc, titanium, avobenzone or ecamsule, Dr. Zeichner said. Learn more