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Sunscreens in the US not as effective

Some American Doctors are claiming sunscreens available in the states, don't protect you as well as the sunscreens available overseas.
    Now, those Doctors are asking the FDA to change that.
A beach day in Rio versus a beach day in California.

It turns out those Brazilian beach bums have considerably more choices than Americans about how to protect their skin from the sun.

Sunbathers in Europe and parts of Latin America have at least seven more UV filters.

Jamie Hayes/beachgoer, said "I think the United States needs to speed up."

Many dermatologists agree.  They joined forces with sunblock manufacturers to push the Food and Drug Administration to approve a backlog of stronger sunscreens that last longer and feel better on the skin.

Dr Sonia Batra/dermatologist, said "Unfortunately the FDA doesn't always accept research in studies done abroad and they often require the manufactures to re-demonstrate the use and the efficacy of their products that are available in the US so tend to be more of back log."

The FDA hasn't approved a new sunscreen in 15 years! In 2006, the agency did approve the breakthrough chemical  mexoryl  (mex-sore-ul).
But only for sale by one company, that's even though Europeans have been using it since 1993.

The FDA tells ABC news- it "remains committed to allowing sunscreens containing additional ingredients available to consumers if there is enough data to show that they are generally recognized as safe and effective."

It would be nice to have more options to protect your skin, I mean it's important.