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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 (loses 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 a known amount of Octocrylene

Other products with Octocrylene

Aveeno Illuminating Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf15 Sunscreen For Face Avene High Protection Spf 50+ Emulsion BENZAC Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 Beesline Invisible Sunfilter Spf 50 Blue Lizard Active Mineral-Based Sunscreen CVS Health Clear Zinc Broad Spectrum Sun Lotion Spf 50 Cancer Council SPF 50+ Day Wear Face Matte Invisible 4hr Water Resistant Cancer Council SPF 50+ Face & Body Moisturiser Cancer Council SPF 50+ Ultra Sunscreen Lip Balm Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer Spf 30 Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer Spf 30 Coles Sensitive Sunscreen Spf 50+ Derma E All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen Derma E All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen Frezyderm Sun Screen Color Velvet Face Cream Spf 50+ 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+ La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Melt-In Cream Spf50 Marc jacobs beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-Hour Foundation Spf 25 Mecca Cosmetica To Save Body Spf50 Superscreen Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Spf50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen Spf 50+ Natio Rosewater Hydration Moisture Balance Day Cream Spf 50+ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion Spf 30 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion Nivea Essentials 24H Moisture Boost + Nourish Day Cream Spf15 Ombra Daily Defence Face Sunscreen Spf 50+ Light Feel Solbari Moisturising Sunscreen Spf 50+ Sonrei Sea clearly Gel Suncream Spf 30 Ultra Violette Extreme Screen Hydrating Body & Hand Skinscreen Spf 50+ Walgreens Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 7elements Sunscreen Lotion Spf50 Acnecide Daily Moisturiser Spf30 Adcos Protetor Solar Fluid Fps 99 Afrodita Sunscreen Milk 30 High Protection Alba Botanica Lip Care SPF 25 Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily Spf50+ Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Daily Shade Facial Lotion Spf 18 Angstrom Hydraxol 50+ Annique 180 Moisture Balm Apivita Anti-Wrinkle Light Texture Face Cream Spf 30 - High Protection Apivita Bee Radiant Age Defense Illuminating Day Cream SPF 30 Apivita Suncare Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream Olive & 3D Pro-Algae Spf50 Astrid Sun Of 20 Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Leave-On Day Mask Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen For Face & Body Spf 60 Avene Sunscreen Emulsion Spf50+ Avene Very High Protection Cream Crème Spf 50+ Avene Very High Protection Cream Spf 50+ Fragrance Free