With more and more information and controversy surrounding sunscreens and their potentially harmful ingredients, it’s important to keep updated on what you could be using. Most sunscreens have avobenzone and oxybenzone, and EltaMD products do not contain these ingredients. Some physicians have asked EltaMD about the Citizen’s Petition submitted to the U.S. FDA by Valisure LLC, an independent analytical laboratory, regarding the presence of residual levels of benzene in certain sunscreens, so EltaMD wants to share an update with you. Please read below.
Some physicians have asked EltaMD about the Citizen’s Petition submitted to the U.S. FDA by Valisure LLC, an independent analytical laboratory, regarding the presence of residual levels of benzene in certain sunscreens, so EltaMD wants to share an update with you.
Valisure tested numerous sunscreen products, including five EltaMD sunscreens. In one of the five EltaMD products, UV Aero SPF 45, they reported finding 0.11 to 0.17 parts per million of benzene. This level is more than 11 times below the recognized International guidance adopted by the U.S. FDA for benzene as a residual solvent in drug products.
EltaMD does not use benzene as an ingredient in any of their sunscreens, and benzene was not detected in the Valisure tests of any of the other EltaMD sunscreens tested: EltaMD UV Clear, UV Shield, UV Daily and UV Pure. EltaMD has not yet confirmed the presence or the source of benzene in UV Aero.
EltaMD wants to assure you we are taking this matter very seriously. We are reviewing Valisure’s results and testing methodology as well as conducting our own investigation, including testing and working to assess possible sources of benzene.
EltaMD understands your concerns regarding the Valisure report, and we want you to know that your patients’ health, safety and trust in your counsel are our highest priorities. EltaMD sunscreens are produced under FDA’s rigorous drug regulations that establish strict requirements for the methods, facilities, and controls used in the manufacturing of drug products. The regulations — and EltaMD processes and controls – ensure that our products are safe and effective. EltaMD works relentlessly to uphold the commitment we share with you to protect the health of people.
EltaMD is deeply grateful for your continued partnership and your trust in our brand and our products.
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