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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

Australian Gold Instant Bronzer 30 Aveeno Illuminating Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf15 Sunscreen For Face Avene High Protection Spf 50+ Emulsion Avene SPF 50+ Spray BENZAC Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 Beesline Invisible Sunfilter Spf 50 Biorga Hyseke Sun Fluid Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ Blue Lizard Active Mineral-Based Sunscreen Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Sport, SPF 30+ CVS Health Clear Zinc Broad Spectrum Sun Lotion Spf 50 Cancer Council Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible 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 EltaMD UV Sheer Broad‐Spectrum SPF 50 Farmona Face Cream SPF50 With Macadamia Oil 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+ Goat Sunscreen Dry Touch Infinity Care Sunscreen Hydro-boost Gel SPF50+ Jealousness UV Defense Whitening Cream SPF50 Pa++++ La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Melt-In Cream Spf50 La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive UV Cream SPF 30 La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive UV SPF 30 Hydrating Creme Lise Watier Lift & Firm 3D Ultra Firming Rejuvenating Day Creme SPF 15 Marc jacobs beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-Hour Foundation Spf 25 Mecca Cosmetica To Save Body Spf50 Superscreen Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30 Facial Sunscreen Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Spf50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Spf50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen Spf 50+ Natio Daily Defence Moisturiser Natio Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ Natio Rosewater Hydration Moisture Balance Day Cream Spf 50+ Neolayr Sunscreen SPF 30+ Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 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 Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF 50+ Oars and Alps Everyday Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer With SPF 37 Olay Complete Daily UV Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 Ombra Daily Defence Face Sunscreen Spf 50+ Light Feel