Starting next summer, sunscreens with less than an SPF of 15 or that aren't “broad spectrum” will be required to carry a warning label: “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
In addition, the FDA:
— Will prohibit sunscreen marketing claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof,” which the agency believes “are exaggerations of performance.”
— Proposes capping the highest SPF value at 50, unless companies can provide results of further testing that support a higher number.
— Says manufacturers must phase out a four-star system currently used by some companies to rate UVA protection.