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J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2012 Sep;5(9):18-23.

Comprehensive review of ultraviolet radiation and the current status on sunscreens.

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  • 1Suny at Buffalo School of Medicine and Suny at Buffalo School of Dentistry, Hamburg, New York;


In the past, manufacturers' labeling of sunscreen varied greatly, confusing the consumers regarding efficacy and the appropriate photoprotection provided by their products. Therefore, in June 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines for sunscreen labeling. Sunscreen products are over-the-counter drugs; therefore, they are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration to determine safety, efficacy, and labeling. This article discusses ultraviolet radiation and the positive and negative effects of ultraviolet radiation, provides a review of sunscreens, and discusses the new United States Food and Drug Administration regulations for sunscreens.

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