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.
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In our products
Our global sunscreen portfolio represents the highest standard of protection, designed to help people live safely under the sun. As an industry leader in suncare, we help people around the world understand and respect the power of the sun, the center of our universe yet the greatest environmental cause of premature aging and preventable skin cancer.
Healthcare professionals and regulatory authorities worldwide support the use of sunscreens and all emphasize that using sunscreens is a critical part of staying safe in the sun. Scientific studies show that attention to sun protection, including the use of sunscreen, and other simple behaviors can help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions. According to the World Health Organization, practicing sun safe behaviors could prevent 4 out of 5 cases of skin cancer.
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. Johnson & Johnson Consumer uses several technologies to achieve ideal protection against the sun.
We use sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, homosalate, octilsalate, and oxybenzone in accordance with national and regional regulatory requirements. In some countries, we also use mineral filters, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. As with all our products, our scientists consider each ingredients’ properties when creating our sunscreens. To render our sunscreen formulas to provide broad spectrum protection, they select a combination of sunscreen filters to provide a level of protection that doesn’t break down against sunlight and that suits different consumer needs.
Sunscreen regulations vary from country to country. Different countries may allow marketing of different sunscreen filters. Also, 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. These are some reasons why we offer different sunscreen products in different countries.
Safe for People and the Environment
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is deeply committed to the health of people and the environment, and we adhere to a strict safety assurance process for every product we make, earning the trust of generations worldwide.
All of the 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.
Oxybenzone is an important ingredient for protecting against UVA and UVB rays, factors known to increase the chance of premature aging and preventable skin cancer. With nearly four decades of safe use as a UV filter, oxybenzone is approved for use in over-the-counter (OTC) products by the US FDA, Health Canada, Australia, the European Union and many other countries whose health authorities recognize it as a safe and effective ingredient for broad-spectrum UV protection.1 As an industry leader in suncare we stand behind these health authorities and the safety of oxybenzone.
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,2, 3 confirming that oxybenzone does not have an effect on human hormone levels and reaffirming the filter’s safety.
We believe that human health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked. This belief, along with our sustainability programs, guide us in the creation of products and packaging, helping to ensure we minimize the impact on our environment.
There have been some questions about the effect of oxybenzone on coral. Credible science does not support sunscreens as a cause of coral reef bleaching. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and environmental experts around the world4 the cause of coral reef bleaching and degradation is due to global climate change, ocean acidification, and unsustainable fishing practices.
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