Did you know?
- The active ingredients in sunscreen that help prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from getting through to the skin are called filters.
- Sunscreen filters don’t all work in the same way. For example there are ingredients that protect against the UVB part of the UV spectrum, while others protect against the UVA part, and some that do both.
- We are committed to education about skin cancer and sun safety through efforts like our Choose Skin Health campaign and work with industry groups to educate the public about the safety and efficacy of sunscreens.
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Healthcare professionals and regulatory authorities worldwide support the use of sunscreens and all emphasize that using sunscreens is a critical part staying safe in the sun. They also acknowledge the research that shows how sunscreens aid in decreasing the risk of developing skin cancers.
With decades of research by scientific review boards, independent researchers, and global regulatory authorities, we confidently create products that aide in protecting against harmful UV light. J&J Consumer uses several technologies to achieve ideal protection against the sun. We also use sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, homosalate, octilsalate, oxybenzone, and octinoxate in accordance with regional regulatory requirements.
Our scientists consider each ingredient’s properties when formulating sunscreen products. For broad spectrum formulas, they select a combination of sunscreen filters to provide comprehensive protection that doesn’t break down against sunlight.
Sunscreen safety regulations vary from country to country. In countries like the US, sunscreen filters are regulated as over the counter (OTC) drugs. In places like the European Union (EU), they are considered a cosmetic product. This is one reason why we offer different sunscreen products in different countries.
Ingredients in our sunscreens are supported by independent safety experts and regulators worldwide, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel (CIR) and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program concluded that within normal use levels, octisalate, oxybenzone and octinoxate are not estrogenic or androgenic.1,2
In some countries, we also use mineral sunscreens, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, except for nanoscale aerosolized products. These minerals do not penetrate the skin, do not cause irritation and are safe for general use.
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