The Food and Drug Administration has published new rules that should help lessen the confusion when selecting a sunscreen. However, the recommendations will not take effect for another year.
Under the new guidelines makers of products labeled "broad spectrum" will be required to provide equal protection against UVB and UVA solar rays, and only products with an SPF of 15 or higher will be allowed to claim protection against skin cancer and wrinkling.
Dr. Clara Curiel, director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic and Multidisciplinary Oncology Program at the Arizona Cancer Center's Skin Cancer Institute discusses the guidelines on Arizona Illustrated.
"Although sunscreens are a great preventive for skin cancer," she says, " people also need to take other measures such as avoiding being outdoors during the sun's peak hours and wearing protective clothing to help lower the risk of developing skin cancer."