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FDA advises against using chemical sunscreens

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

The FDA proposed new regulations for sunscreens in February 2019 which concluded that of the 16 currently used ingredients, only two — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — are GRAS (generally recognized as safe and effective). These are both mineral active ingredients that work as physical blockers on the surface of your skin rather than absorbed through the pores.

Read the announcement here.

This means that petrochemical UV filters (e.g. oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, avobenzone, etc.) are not considered safe or effective by the FDA and they never will be. Numerous studies now confirm that chemical sunscreens which are absorbed into the skin can upset the body’s hormone balance and are harmful to the marine environment.

And here’s the kicker – the rise in skin cancer rates in the United States (non-melanomas have doubled and melanomas have tripled since 1970) suggests that they do not prevent skin cancer.

Look for 25% zinc oxide products which afford the best UV protection to you and the least harm to the environment.

Coral Sure Sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen which does not contain harmful petrochemicals. Our formula utilizes non-nano technology to create a formula with moisturizing qualities derived from responsibly sourced organic ingredients. It is broad spectrum SPF 35, water resistant (40 minutes), and free from harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, and parabens.

With amazing natural humectants, skin loving emollients, and antioxidants, Coral Sure Sunscreen can be used in place of your regular moisturizer, or even over it. And since it is harmless to the environment, coral and marine life, it's great to use every day as part of your regular skin care regime to protect the whole family.


EPO9 was formed four years ago by a collection of surfers, scuba-divers, snorkelers, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts who worship the sun but really care about, and want to protect, the oceans and marine environment which brings us so much joy. Eponine Labs, LLC was incorporated in June 2022. Its mission is to manufacture a sunscreen that is truly non-toxic to the reef eco-system and ​will afford the user the highest standard of skin protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

People chose Coral Sure Sunscreen for its broad spectrum protection and non-toxic, moisturizing properties. Learn more at

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