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Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate) and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-(4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL)-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-, 1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-[4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL]-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-, 1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 2-BUTYL-2-METHOXY-1,3-DIPHENYL-, 1,3PROPANEDIONE, 1[4(1,1DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL]3(4METHOXYPHENYL), 1-(4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL)-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-1,3-PROPANEDI- ONE, 1-(4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL)-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-(4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL)-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)PROPANE-1,3-DIONE, 1-(4-TERT-BUTYLPHENYL)-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)PROPANE-1,3-DIONE, 1-(P-TERT-BUTYLPHENYL)-3-(P-METHOXYPHENYL)-1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-[4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL]-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)- 1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-[4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL]-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 1-[4-(1,1-DIMETHYLETHYL)PHENYL]-3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)PROPANE-1,3-DIONE, 2-BUTYL-2-METHOXY-1,3-DIPHENYL- 1,3-PROPANEDIONE, 4-TERT-BUTYL-4'-METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, AVEBENZONE, AVO, AVOBENZONA, AVOBENZONE, AVOBENZONE (PARSOL 1789 | BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE), AVOBENZONUM, BMDBM, BUTYL METHOXYBENZOYLMETHANE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, EINECS 274-581-6, METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, and PARSOL 1789
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 avobenzone with stabilizing chemicals.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||523 products|
|daily use with SPF||322 products|
|fragrance for women||194 products|
|lip balm with SPF||94 products|
|fragrance for men||73 products|
|body spray||67 products|
|baby sunscreen||60 products|
|hair treatment/serum||22 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||17 products|
|tanning oil||16 products|
|body wash/cleanser||16 products|
|body oil||15 products|
|makeup primer||10 products|
|lip liner||9 products|
|lip balm||9 products|
|hair styling aide||7 products|
|liquid hand soap||6 products|
|after shave||5 products|
|facial cleanser||5 products|
|hand sanitizer||4 products|
|hair spray||4 products|
|serums & essences||4 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|eye shadow||3 products|
|around-eye cream||2 products|
|BB cream||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|lip gloss||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|styling gel/lotion||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Absorbs into the skin||Open scientific literature|
Decreased skin absorption
|Limited potential to absorb into the skin.||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)||Japan's Standards for Cosmetics|
|One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results||Open scientific literature|
|Associated with immunotoxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|312 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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