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What could be better than a dermatologist-recommended or tested sunscreen? Isn’t that just what the doctor ordered? Although “dermatologist tested” appears straightforward, according to the Environmental Working Group, that term actually has no legal definition.”[i]
Frustrated? We hear you, but before you lose all trust in labels, some companies are doing it right. Ideally, “dermatologist tested” means an unbiased, certified dermatology lab tested the products for skin reactions. Some dermatologist-tested label claims have scientific backing, but since they aren’t regulated, consumers need to ask questions.[ii]
How is the dermatologist-tested label verified?
Great question! The FDA hasn’t defined the term “dermatologist tested,” and doesn’t verify these labels. That opens things up for confusion. In fact, when our founder, Nova, formulated her first sunscreen, it was because her daughter was having allergic reactions to other “dermatologist tested” products on the market.[iii]
We’ve been there, so we want our customers to really know what they’re getting. That’s why we certified our products through AMA Labs—the same FDA-accredited lab we use to substantiate our SPF value. They conducted a Repeat Insult Patch Test to determine if any volunteers showed sensitivity to our sunscreens. Over a six-week period, and with a large control group, our sunscreens didn’t irritate a single person! When we say our sunscreens are dermatologist or pediatrician tested, you can trust we’ve verified it, even though it wasn’t required.
We conducted the testing because we understand the struggle to find safe skincare products for sensitive skin. We hope the FDA will eventually restrict how companies use a dermatologist-tested label, but until then, ask questions and do your research. Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s important to protect it!
What is a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen?
Like “dermatologist tested,” the “dermatologist-recommended” sunscreen label isn’t regulated by the FDA either. “Dermatologist recommended” often means a dermatologist was handsomely compensated to do just that. Laboratories can provide this claim to manufacturers as well, but verification costs a pretty penny. Until this is regulated, ask questions and go with products from a company you trust. It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor if you ever have any concerns. We suggest looking at ingredients and speaking to your dermatologist or pediatrician about the best sunscreens for you and your family. And if you ever have any questions, we’re always here to help!
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