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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 (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, 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 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+ 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 Superscreen Spf 50+ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion Spf 30 Nivea Essentials 24H Moisture Boost + Nourish Day Cream Spf15 Ombra Daily Defence Face Sunscreen Spf 50+ Light Feel 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 Bee Radiant Age Defense Illuminating Day Cream SPF 30 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 Banana Boat Unscreen Lip Balm Spf 45, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E 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 Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Moisturizer Spf20 Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Spf 15 Childs Farm 50+ Spf Sun Lotion Spray Clarins Uv Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum Spf 50 Clé de Peau Beauté Uv Protective Cream Spf 50+ Clé de Peau Beauté Uv Protective Cream Tinted Spf 50+ Cosmetic Plant Crema Protectoare Fata Oliv SPF 50 DRMTLGY Protect And Glow Spf45 Light Tint DRMTLGY Protect And Glow Spf45 Medium Tint Dead Sea Spa Magik Sunsafe SPF50 Clear Spray Dr. Jackson's 01 Skin Cream Spf30 ESPA Optimal Skin ProDefence SPF 15 Emma Hardie Protect & Prime Moisturiser SPF 30 Everysun Anti-Age Spf50 Face Cream Farmec gerovital Lapte Protecție Solară Spf 50 Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Moisturizer 15 Spf Frezyderm Sun Screen Velvet Face Spf 50+ Garnier Ombrelle Complete Sensitive Advanced SPF 60 Garnier Ombrelle Complete Sensitive Advanced Spf30 Gisele Denis Anti-Aging Facial SPF 50+