The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that indoor tanning beds should carry a warning against their use in people under the age of 18 as well as reclassifying the ultraviolet lamps used in tanning beds as class II (moderate
risk) from class I (low risk).
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who use indoor
tanning products are at a 75% higher risk of developing melanoma. It is estimated that about 2.5 million teens use indoor tanning beds and melanoma is the most common type of cancer in adults aged 25-29.
Are you using a tanning bed? Is your teenager using a tanning bed? If so, please understand the risks from using these types of products as they increase the risk of developing melanoma, a very aggressive type of skin cancer which if not treated early, can be deadly.
Pristine Laser Center encourages you to avoid tanning beds and make sure you are using an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when you are outdoors.
About Pristine Laser Center: Pristine Laser Center is the leading medical laser clinic in Orlando offering a variety of laser services including laser tattoo removal, laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, laser treatment for acne scars, laser removal of sun spots and hyperpigmentation. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with our medical doctor, please call 407-494-0404.
The FDA issued new guidelines for sunscreen products to help clear any confusion and prevent manufacturers from making false claims. Here is a summary of the new guidelines:
- The FDA now requires the sunscreen products to clearly state if they protect against UVA rays in addition to UVB rays. As you know, the SPF number on the sunscreen only indicates the level of protection against UVB rays. If the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, you will see the label “Broad Spectrum SPF” on the product along with the SPF number.
Read more about UVA, UVB, SPF and sunscreen basics
- Only Broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen products and higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and the premature aging.
- Products that are not Broad spectrum or have an SPF less than 15 should have a label warning that the product has NOT been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging
- Non-Broad spectrum sunscreens or broadspectrum sunscreens with SPF less than 15 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
- The terms “water proof”, “sweat proof”, “sun block” may not be used anymore.
- Sunscreens can be “water resistant”, but must indicate whether the product must be reapplied after 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.
- The FDA also proposed that the SPF number be capped at 50, because products with SPF higher than 50 have not shown to have better protection.
If you must be out in the sun, be sure to use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher (preferably SP 30 or more) and reapply the sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
At Pristine Laser Center, our goal is to educate and assist our clients in looking their best. If you would like to make an appointment, call 407-494-0404.
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