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The FDA did not address concerns that several watchdog groups have raised over nano-particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide found in many modern sunscreens that are so small they might be absorbed into living cells or into the bloodstream. Here, the FDA’s position remains unchanged: that differences of scale do not make these already approved ingredients any more risky. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s drug center, told the New York Times that tests showed no evidence “that these particles are getting into the body.” Even so, sunscreen labels of the future will be required to state that sunscreens should not be used on “broken or damaged skin.” 

Nor did the FDA take any steps to make changes to which chemical compounds it approves for use in sunscreens, although it has indicated it will revisit the latest research data to indicate if changes are necessary in the future. No word on when that may happen. The new rules also do nothing to speed the approval of more than two dozen chemical compounds that are already being used in Europe and Japan, even though there is evidence that many of them have proven to be highly effective, especially in UVA protection.

Read the full article, and get links to past coverage on the subject here.

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