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Understanding Sunscreens

By: Rebecca James Gadberry
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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These are the only ingredients that legally can be claimed as sunscreens in OTC drugs in the United States. If carrot oil, aloe or any other ingredient is in a product—regardless of whether or not it delivers UV protection—it cannot be identified as a sunscreen. The only exception is if the product, not the individual ingredient, receives New Drug Approval from the FDA.