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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 BEAUTI-FLTR Feather Light SPF 50+ BENZAC Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 Bassa Velvet Sunscreen Spray Bebak Bebekler Için SPF 50+ Güneş Losyonu 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 First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Fixderma Shadow Rx Tinted Sunscreen For Face Gel SPF 50 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++++ KeySun Clear Zinke Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen 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+ Naeli Face Moisturizer 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