A Proposed SPF Cap of 50+

October 21, 2015

Previously, companies could claim that their brand of sunscreen provided protection up to 100 SPF. Now the FDA is proposing this will be capped at “SPF 50+.” The problem with sunscreens that are rated above SPF 50 is that they give the consumers a false sense of security; they feel the higher SPF number means they do not need to reapply as often, or that they do not need to apply as much. Another interesting point is that there is no clinical data on how much longer these products last. The FDA is leaving nothing to chance as consumers will be directed to reapply every two hours. It is still unclear when this may actually go into effect, as the FDA is still taking comments here.