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What-it-does: sunscreen

Official CosIng Information


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 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 Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer Spf 30 Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer Spf 30 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 Face Spf50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen 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 Sonrei Sea clearly Gel Suncream Spf 30 Ultra Violette Extreme Screen Hydrating Body & Hand Skinscreen Spf 50+ Walgreens Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 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 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 Avene Very High Protection Emulsion Spf 50+ Fragrance Free Avene Very High Protection Lotion Spf 50+ Babaria Spf50+ Facial Fluid For Sensitive Skin Babylove Sonnencreme Sensitiv Lsf 50+ Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion Spf50 Banana Boat Unscreen Lip Balm Spf 45, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Bielenda Ochronny Krem Do Twarzy Spf 50 Bioderma Photoderm M Spf 50