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Data last updated:
October 2012

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Walgreens Sheer Oil-Free Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 (2012 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Walgreens Sheer Oil-Free Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 (2012 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Walgreens Sheer Oil-Free Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 (2012 formulation) is 5.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)Use restrictions, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
FRAGRANCEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
PROPYLPARABENUse restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
BHTAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Developmental/reproductive toxicity
Data: Fair
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID, TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)
Data: Limited
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
(Active Ingredient)
Use restrictions, Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE)
Data: Limited
POLYESTERNone Identified
Data: Fair
OZOKERITENone Identified
Data: Limited
PARAFFINOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
BEESWAXNone Identified
Data: Limited
CETYL ALCOHOLOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
Data: Limited
None Identified
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
POLYETHYLENEIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Data gaps
Data: None
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATEIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Limited

About the Skin Deep® ratings

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