- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), and Contamination concerns (high)
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.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||464 products|
|daily use with SPF||207 products|
|fragrance for women||189 products|
|fragrance for men||60 products|
|lip balm with SPF||56 products|
|body spray||47 products|
|baby sunscreen||44 products|
|hair treatment/serum||19 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||17 products|
|body wash/cleanser||14 products|
|lip balm||11 products|
|eye shadow||11 products|
|body oil||11 products|
|lip gloss||9 products|
|tanning oil||9 products|
|hair styling aide||8 products|
|facial cleanser||6 products|
|makeup primer||5 products|
|serums & essences||4 products|
|after shave||3 products|
|liquid hand soap||3 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||3 products|
|hair spray||2 products|
|styling gel/lotion||2 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|BB cream||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|eye liner||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|beard cleanser||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|
|any or allergies - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed||Open scientific literature|
|Associated with immunotoxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|One or more studies show weak endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results||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.
Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.
Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES
The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.
The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.