Many popular sunscreens may not meet dermatology group’s guidelines, study suggests

The Los Angeles Times (7/6, Kaplan) reports that in a study published in JAMA Dermatology, investigators “examined the top consumer-rated sunscreens sold on and found that 40% of them did not meet the criteria put forth by the American Academy of Dermatology.”

Reuters (7/6, Seaman) reports, “According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreens should provide broad spectrum protection against ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays, be water resistant and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.” Investigators, “using’s customer rating system…analyzed the website’s top 1 percent best-rated sunscreens.” The researchers found that “forty percent – 26 of the 65 top-rated sunscreens – did not meet the AAD standards.”

The Washington Post (7/6, Cha) reports in “To Your Health” that researcher Shuai Xu “said many of the consumers writing reviews tended to focus on more superficial issues such as smell or feel or on the sunscreen’s value as a cosmetic rather than on its actual sun protection.”

Fox News (7/6) reports that the study “also suggested consumers spend an estimated 3,000 percent more on products than necessary.”