The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about Sunscreen Pills that are misleading.
According to the FDA, the most common cancer in the U.S. is skin cancer.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., released in an announcement saying they found pill products that falsely advertise protection from the sun. The FDA sent out warnings to all of the companies putting the public’s health at risk.
“These companies — marketing products called Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare and Sunergetic — are putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security that a dietary supplement could prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer,” Gottlieb said in a statement released to the public.
“These companies were instructed to correct all violations associated with their products and were advised to review product websites and product labeling to ensure that the claims they are making don’t violate federal law.”
Gottlieb says capsules and pills can’t replace your sunscreen.
Here are some tips from the FDA to help protect your skin from the beaming sun this summer.
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, and more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
For more information from the FDA on how to protect yourself from the sun this summer click here .
Reporting by Gabriela Millan.