With UV rays in Ontario already exceeding the "very high" mark on the index, sunscreen in a pill sounds like the perfect thing to add to your summer shopping list. But, they're actually the furthest thing from perfect, and you should be avoiding them at all costs. At least that's what America's Food and Drug Administration thinks.
There are tons of sunscreen tablet brands on the market, in Canada and all over the world. Sunsafe RX has gotten rave reviews in the media for providing "natural, healthy and anti-aging protection from UV rays" with just one capsule a day.
But, experts say that these pills are a total scam. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the FDA, says there's no way that these pills, which are just dietary supplements, can ever replace your sunscreen.
Gottlieb says that sunscreen capsules are "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."
Sunsafe Rx even claims that sunscreen can be "toxic," and that their capsules are the perfect alternative to the "dangers of sunscreen lotion."
A Canadian brand called Glisodin is also under fire for their "Skin Brightening Formula" which they're selling for $109 CAD per bottle. According to the description, the formula is a "simple and natural way to strengthen your skin's defences against ultraviolet radiation in the form of a daily supplement."
The FDA is sending warning letters to the companies behind these so-called sunscreen pills telling them stop selling it, and are urging the public to stop buying it.
Source: NBC News