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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity

About AVOBENZONE: This common sunscreen ingredient offers protection from UVA rays. Sunlight can cause this ingredient to break down and lose its effectiveness for skin protection. Photodegredation is delayed by mixing ... read more

Function(s): Sunscreen Agent; Ultraviolet Light Absorber; UV ABSORBER; UV FILTER


Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)Japan's Standards for Cosmetics


Concern Reference
One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation resultsDamiani, E


Concern Reference
Associated with immunotoxicity or allergiesStitt WZD, Scott GA, Martin RE, Gaspari AA

Enhanced skin absorption

Concern Reference
Absorbs into the skinKlinubol P, Asawanonda P, Wanichwecharungruang SP

Decreased skin absorption

Concern Reference
Limited potential to absorb into the skin.Hayden CGJ, Cross SE, Anderson C, Saunders NA, Roberts MS

Data gaps

Concern Reference
312 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed


Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Contamination concerns

Impurity Score
Data: Good
Data: Limited
Data: Fair
Data: Limited
Data: Fair
Data: Limited

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

Damiani, E., L. Greci, et al. (1999). "Nitroxide radicals protect dna from damage when illuminated in vitro in the presence of dibenzoylmethane and a common sunscreen ingredient." Free Radical Biology and Medicine 26: 809-816.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
Hayden CGJ, Cross SE, Anderson C, Saunders NA, Roberts MS. 2005. Sunscreen penetration of human skin and related keratinocyte toxicity after topical application. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 18(4): 170-174.
IFRA (International Fragrance Assocication). 2010. IFRA Fragrance Ingredient List based on 2008 Use Survey. Accessed online 01/04/2010: http://www.ifraorg.org/Home/News/Latest-News/page.aspx/66?xf_itemId=43&xf_selectionDatapartId=25
Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
Klinubol P, Asawanonda P, Wanichwecharungruang SP. Transdermal penetration of UV filters. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2008; 21 (1):23-9.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
Roscher N, Lindemann M, Kong S, Cho C, Jiang P. 1994. Photodecomposition of several compounds commonly used as sunscreen agents. J Photochem Photobiol A 80: 417-421; Dondi D, Albini A, Serpone N. 2006. Interactions between different solar UVB/UVA filters contained in commercial suncreams and consequent loss of UV protection. Photochem Photobiol Sci 5(9): 835-843; Schwack W, Rudolph T. 1995. Photochemistry of dibenzoyl methane UVA filters part I. J Photochem Photobiol B Biol 28: 229-234.
Stitt WZD, Scott GA, Martin RE, Gaspari AA. 1996. Multiple chemical sensitivities, including inatrogenic allergic contact dermatitis, in a patient with chronic actinic dermatitis: implication for management. American Journal of Contact Dermatitis 7(3): 166-170.; Buckley D, Wayte J, O

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