Although they are not widely available in Canada, health experts are warning consumers not to use sunscreen pills as lotion and spray replacements.
Sunscreen is important all year round, but as summer gears up and more people head outdoors, don’t rely on sunscreen pills to keep you safe.
On Tuesday, commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement warning consumers to avoid pills marketed to protect you from the sun.
“We’ve found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren’t delivering the advertised benefits,” the statement read. “There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen.”
“Instead they’re misleading consumers, and putting people at risk. Today we sent warning letters to companies illegally marketing pills and capsules labelled 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.”