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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, CĂ©line, 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

Avene High Protection Spf 50+ Emulsion BENZAC Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer Spf 30 Garnier Clearly Brighter Even Tone Spf 30 Daily Moisturizer Garnier Ombrelle Face Sunscreen Ultra Light Cream Spf 60 Garnier Ombrelle Sunscreen Face Stick Spf 50+ Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen Spf 50+ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion Spf 30 Nivea Essentials 24H Moisture Boost + Nourish Day Cream Spf15 Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily Spf50+ Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Daily Shade Facial Lotion Spf 18 Angstrom Hydraxol 50+ 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 Bioderma Photoderm M Spf 50 Biodermal Biodermal Anti-Age Spf 30 Biodermal Biodermal Anti-Age Spf 50 Biodermal Biodermal Sensitive Spf 30 Bioten Skin Defence 35+ Antiwrinkle & Regenerating Day Cream Bioten Skin Defence 35+ Antiwrinkle Day Cream Spf 15 - Sensitive Skin Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturiser Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Spf 15 Everysun Anti-Age Spf50 Face Cream Frezyderm Sun Screen Velvet Face Spf 50+ Garnier Ombrelle Complete Sensitive Advanced Spf30 Gisele Denis Anti-Aging Facial SPF 50+ Gisele Denis Anti-Aging Facial Sunscreen SFP 30 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 Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel Spf50+ Pa++++ Nip+Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser Nivea SUN Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion Noreva Exfoliac Spf50+ Matifying Suncare Fluid Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid Spf 30 RoC Soleil Protect Fluide High Tolerance Comfort Fluid SPF 50 SUNDANCE Anti Pollution Sonnenfluid SUNDANCE Mattierendes Sonnenfluid Lsf30 Shiseido Urban Environment Uv Protection Cream Spf30 For Face & Body Vichy Aqualia Thermal Uv YourGoodSkin Spf30 Anti-Oxidant Day Cream e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion e.l.f. Illuminating Moisturizer elf Glow Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15 Alba Botanica Soothing Sunscreen Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Sunscreen