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Avobenzone

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

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, 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

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


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.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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recreational sunscreen534 products
daily use with SPF331 products
fragrance for women215 products
lip balm with SPF94 products
fragrance for men76 products
body spray66 products
baby sunscreen61 products
hair treatment/serum24 products
moisturizer21 products
tanning oil16 products
facial moisturizer/treatment16 products
body wash/cleanser16 products
body oil15 products
blush12 products
conditioner12 products
shampoo11 products
lip liner9 products
makeup primer9 products
lip balm9 products
foundation9 products
hair styling aide7 products
liquid hand soap6 products
after shave5 products
facial cleanser5 products
BB cream5 products
hand sanitizer4 products
hair spray4 products
serums & essences4 products
lipstick3 products
detangler3 products
eye shadow3 products
setting powder/spray3 products
bronzer/highlighter2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
around-eye cream2 products
after sun product1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
CC cream1 products
sunless tanning1 products
lip gloss1 products
toners/astringents1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
anti-aging1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products

Contamination concerns

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Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Absorbs into the skinOpen scientific literature

Decreased skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited potential to absorb into the skin.Open scientific literature

Use restrictions

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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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation resultsOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Associated with immunotoxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
312 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment 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.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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Data availability

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