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What-it-does: sunscreen


An oil-soluble chemical sunscreen agent that protects skin in the UVB and somewhat in the UVA II range with a peak absorption of 304 nm. Its protection is not strong enough on its own but it is quite photostable (looses 10% of SPF protection in 95 mins) and is often used to stabilize other photo-unstable UV-filters, for example, Avobenzone. It is also often used to improve the water resistance of the products. 

Octocrylene's safety profile is generally quite good, though a review study in Contact Dermatitis reports an "increasing number of patients with photo contact allergy to octocrylene." Mainly adults with ketoprofen-sensitivity and children with sensitive skin are affected, so if you have a small kid, it is probably better to use octocrylene-free sunscreens.

Show me some proof

  • Couteau, C., et al. "Study of the efficacy of 18 sun filters authorized in European Union tested in vitro." Die Pharmazie-An International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 62.6 (2007): 449-452.
  • Couteau, Céline, et al. "Study of the photostability of 18 sunscreens in creams by measuring the SPF in vitro." Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis 44.1 (2007): 270-273.
  • Scalia, Santo, and Matteo Mezzena. "Incorporation in lipid microparticles of the UVA filter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane combined with the UVB filter, octocrylene: effect on photostability." AAPS PharmSciTech 10.2 (2009): 384-390.
  • de Groot, Anton C., and David W. Roberts. "Contact and photocontact allergy to octocrylene: a review." Contact dermatitis 70.4 (2014): 193-204.

Products with Octocrylene

Garnier Clearly Brighter Even Tone Spf 30 Daily Moisturizer Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen Spf 50+ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion Spf 30 Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily Spf50+ Avene Very High Protection Cream Spf 50+ Fragrance Free Avene Very High Protection Emulsion Spf 50+ Fragrance Free Avene Very High Protection Lotion Spf 50+ Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion Spf50 Biodermal Biodermal Anti-Age Spf 30 Biodermal Biodermal Anti-Age Spf 50 Biodermal Biodermal Sensitive Spf 30 Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Spf 15 Everysun Anti-Age Spf50 Face Cream Frezyderm Sun Screen Velvet Face Spf 50+ Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Spf 30 La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Spf 30 Lavozon Sonnenfluid Mattierend Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Spf 30+ Mediceutics Protecteur Jour Spf 25 Nip+Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser Noreva Exfoliac Spf50+ Matifying Suncare Fluid Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid Spf 30 SUNDANCE Anti Pollution Sonnenfluid SUNDANCE Mattierendes Sonnenfluid Lsf30 Shiseido Urban Environment Uv Protection Cream Spf30 For Face & Body e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion e.l.f. Illuminating Moisturizer elf Glow Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15 April Skin Magic Snow Bb Cream Spf50+/Pa+++ Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion 50 Banana Boat Dry Balance Lotion Spf50 Bioderma Hydrabio Perfecteur Spf 30 Bioderma Photoderm Akn Mat Spf 30 Bioderma Photoderm Ar Spf 50+ Tinted Sun Cream Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide Spf 50+ Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide Teinte Claire Spf 50+ Bioderma Photoderm Max Crème Spf 50+ Bioderma Photoderm Max Milk Spf 50+ Bioderma Photoderm Max Spf 50+ Spray Bioderma Photoderm Spot Spf 50+ Biodermal Biodermal Mattifying Spf 30 Boots Soltan Sensitive Face Protect Suncare Cream Spf50+ Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer Spf 30 Cosmetici magistrali Antiox Fluido HD Cover fx Total Cover Cream Foundation Spf30 Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 Differin Oil Control Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Ecran Ecran Crème Solaire Visage Pour Peau Sensible Spf 50+ Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme Spf 15 Eucerin Sun Creme Sensitive Protect Spf 50+