EWG’s Sunscreen Recommendations Up From 2010, But Health Concerns Remain
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With FDA’s final sunscreen monograph reportedly around the corner, a greater percentage of sunscreens garnered the Environmental Working Group’s approval this year than in past market surveys, but the group still has concerns about sunscreen regulation and ingredient safety.
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The Environmental Working Group steers consumers toward mineral-based sunscreens featuring nano-sized zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide in its 2013 Sunscreen Guide. When used in “appropriate forms,” those sunscreen actives are safer than chemical UV filters, according to EWG.
The Environmental Working Group says many children’s sunscreens have “safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products.” But the Personal Care Products Council questions EWG’s research, saying the group’s report “could confuse consumers and discourage them from using sunscreen.”
Environmental Working Group says the safest and most effective sunscreens are marketed for babies and kids. In its 2012 U.S. sunscreen report, EWG recommends 25% of 800 beach and sport sunscreens reviewed. Poor marks go to products containing oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, and FDA remains in group’s Hall of Shame.