Don’t be duped by new trend of taking ‘sunscreen pills’, FDA warns
- The FDA has called for an end to the sale of four products: Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare and Sunergetic
- They are marketed as dietary supplements to prevent sunburn
- The websites also claim they reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer
- FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warns these pills do nothing to protect you
Sunscreen pills are a scam and do barely anything to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, US health officials warn.
Skin cancer rates have been steadily climbing, and the best form of protection is effective sunscreen.
However, the US Food and Drug Administration warns in a new report that the largely unregulated cosmetic market is saturated with products that claim to protect you, but don’t.
‘There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,’ FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said.
This is one of the pill products marketed as a form of sunscreen that the FDA has slammed
‘We’ve found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren’t delivering the advertised benefits.
‘Instead they’re misleading consumers, and putting people at risk.
‘Today we sent warning letters to companies illegally marketing pills and capsules labeled as dietary supplements that make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDA’s standards for safety and effectiveness.’
The products – Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare and Sunergetic – are marketed as dietary supplements to prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer.
But the FDA has ordered the companies to either stop selling the products or make clear that they do nothing to protect skin.
‘They are putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security,’ Gottlieb said.
‘Consumers should be watchful for unscrupulous companies making unproven claims.
‘When the FDA sees companies taking advantage of people’s desire to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun — we’ll step in.’