Consumers Caught in Middle of Sunscreen Debate (USA Today)

May 15, 2012

Read any good sunscreen labels lately? If so, you may have noticed something: Many still carry the words "waterproof" or "sunblock" — even though the Food and Drug Administration declared years ago that those terms were misleading and promised to ban them by this summer. That's not happening: The FDA announced last week that it was giving large sunscreen manufacturers an extra six months, until mid-December, to comply with new labeling rules that ban misleading terms and require clearer, more accurate statements about sunburn and skin cancer protection. All the experts, including sunscreen makers, agree that just wearing sunscreen won't save your skin — especially if you falsely believe it gives you a license to spend extra hours in the sun. Limit time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and cover up with broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses and clothing, says Henry Lim, chief of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "It has to be a total package." Full Story at USA Today