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The FDA is warning consumers not to buy in to the idea that a pill can protect your skin from the sun.
In a statement issued May 22, FDA officials said they've found companies selling pills that are labeled as dietary supplements and that claim to protect skin from the sun.
Sounds great, right? Take a pill and avoid the burn. The problem is these products don't deliver the benefits advertised, and the FDA warned the companies that these false claims are potentially putting people's health at risk.
Only topical treatments, such as lotions, and creams, are approved to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.
While the FDA instructed these companies to correct their advertisements and website information, there may be other companies that are making similar claims that have not yet been approached by the FDA — so buyer beware. No pill is approved to replace sunscreen.