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FDA Approval of La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen

Anthelios 40 LaRoche-Posay Mexoryl SunscreenA favorite sunscreen of many melasma sufferers just got stronger for those in the US (stronger versions have already been available in Europe). The FDA has approved Anthelios 40 sunscreen. 

This version of the already approved Anthelios contains Mexoryl SX with titanium dioxide, avobenzone, and octocrylene for broad spectrum protection, and has been specifically safety-tested for those with the photosensitive skin disorder, Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE) (Read the press release).

What I particularly like about this version is the addition of titanium dioxide. I had been using the Lancome version, UV Expert, (Read Review) over Anthelios because the Lancome product has a physical blocker. For those who want the most protection, the addition of a physical blocker adds a level of durability to any sunscreen, because it will not degrade when exposed to sunlight.  Unfortunately even the the best chemical sunscreens will degrade some, although Mexoryl is known for being one of the more stable sunscreens currently available.

I also like that Anthelios is generally available at CVS stores for a bit less cost than the Lancome version. Anytime that I can save a trip to the mall and save a bit of money, I am happy!

One item of note: both Anthelios and Lancome UV expert have caused some acne for me in the past.  It was not severe, but I tend to use something else when my skin is acting up. Obviously since I haven’t tried it, I don’t know about the new version.

Anthelios 40 will be available in late spring. 

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