2. How is it Regulated?

In the United States, sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter drug and thus is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means manufacturers must provide certain safety data about the ingredients, which the FDA can approve or deny. All sunscreens manufactured or sold by U.S. retailers are required to meet these safety standards. However, sunscreen that comes from overseas retailers may not be similarly regulated, so consumers should use caution when ordering foreign sunscreens online.

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