The Skin Cancer Foundation Responds to 2016 Consumer Sunscreen Guides Released by Consumer Reports and The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

New York, NY (May 27, 2016) — Without knowing the specifics of the methodology used by Consumer Reports and EWG in reviewing sunscreens, it’s impossible for us to judge their results.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has a long history of evaluating sunscreen efficacy based on the results of standard and industry-accepted testing methods to ensure that they perform as labels promise. To this end we invite the public to look for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation when choosing a sunscreen.

The Seal is an internationally-recognized symbol of safe and effective sun protection that has been trusted as the industry standard for decades. To earn the Seal, manufacturers must submit specific testing data to validate that a product meets its claims for broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection.

The Skin Cancer Foundation also requires that sunscreen manufacturers provide results for two additional tests, to prove that a product does not cause contact irritancy* and is not phototoxic**. These tests go beyond what the FDA requires of manufacturers.

The Foundation’s Photobiology Committee (which is comprised of some of the world’s foremost experts in how the sun interacts with skin), carefully reviews the test results submitted for each product to ensure that all of the Foundation’s standards are met. If all standards are met, the product is granted the Seal.

For more information on the Seal of Recommendation (and to access our online product finder), visit

*Contact irritancy: an allergic reaction or rash that occurs before sun exposure when you apply the sunscreen.

**Phototoxicity: an allergic reaction or rash from sunscreen that occurs specifically after the skin is exposed to UV light.



Carla Barry-Austin
Sr. Director, Marketing Communications

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit