The agency restated its commitment to sunscreen research and innovation in the announcement. "When sunscreens first came on the U. S. market, sunscreen active ingredients were not thought to penetrate the skin,” Gottlieb wrote. “We now have evidence that it’s possible for some sunscreen active ingredients to be absorbed through the skin. " The keywords are through the skin—not ingested, as the manufacturers of sunscreen pills previously claimed.
The FDA chastised the four products—GliSODin Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Napa Valley Bioscience Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare, and Sunergetic—for "putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security that a dietary supplement could prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer.
The FDA is 100-percent clear about its stance on sunscreen pills: "There's no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen. " The companies are now required to re-frame marketing and product labelling.
In lieu of any trendy supplements, the FDA reminded us all to stick to tried-and-true topical sunscreen formulations in lotions, creams, sprays, and sticks. (However, it's worth mentioning that researchers are finding evidence that some commonly used chemical sunscreen ingredients—oxybenzone and octinoxate—pose a threat to marine environments.
The FDA is 100% clear about this: There’s no pill that can replace your sunscreen. https://t.co/0nMICd3TRR— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 6, 2019