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The Personal Care Product Council’s (PCPC) Farah Ahmed, chair of PCPC’s sunscreen task force, has responded to a recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) sunscreen report.
Ahmed comments, “Consumers can be confident that sunscreen products, as part of an overall safe sun regimen, are safe and will help protect them from skin cancer, premature skin aging, and other damaging effects of the sun.
“Allegations contained in the Environmental Working Group’s 2012 sunscreen report disregard or distort an extensive body of scientific research on the safety, efficacy and health benefits of sunscreen and could confuse consumers and discourage them from using sunscreen. With skin cancer rates on the rise, this does a great disservice to consumers and undermines the efforts of public health advocates to educate people about the importance of using sunscreen as part of their sun protection regimen.
“By challenging the medical and scientific consensus that sunscreen products are safe and effective, the EWG report defies the scientific assessments of sunscreen products and ingredients by regulatory authorities in the U.S., E.U., and Canada. In the U.S. sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs by the FDA and are subject to rigorous safety and efficacy substantiation.
“Experts at the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and health care professionals throughout the world also emphasize the safety of sunscreens and the importance of their use as part of a safe sun regimen.