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Data: Fair

Octocrylene

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IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), and Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

SYNONYMS

2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYL ACRYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 2-CYANO-3.3-DIPHENYL- 2-ETHYLH EXYL ETHER 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLH EXYL ETHER 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-CYANO-3.3-DIPHENYL-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL 2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYL-2-ACRYLATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL 2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYL-2-PROPENOATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL 2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYLACRYLATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL 2-CYANO-3-PHENYLCINNAMATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYL ACRYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL-2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYLACRYLATE, 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-CYANO-3,3-DIPHENYL-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-CYANO-3.3-DIPHENYL-, 2-ETHYLH EXYL ETHER, 2PROPENOIC ACID, 2CYANO3,3DIPHENYL, 2ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, CCRIS 4814, EINECS 228-250-8, OC, OCTOCRILENE, OCTOCRILENO, OCTOCRILENUM, OCTOCRYLENE, and UV ABSORBER-3

Restricted

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


Octocrylene is a common sunscreen ingredient. It may cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • 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 sunscreen547 products
daily use with SPF290 products
baby sunscreen63 products
lip balm with SPF50 products
CC cream32 products
lip gloss29 products
foundation23 products
fragrance for women22 products
blush20 products
body spray18 products
nail polish16 products
facial moisturizer/treatment16 products
tanning oil15 products
lipstick13 products
BB cream10 products
lip balm8 products
makeup primer7 products
moisturizer4 products
liquid hand soap3 products
concealer3 products
setting powder/spray2 products
conditioner2 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
fragrance for men1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
after shave1 products
facial cleanser1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
hair treatment/serum1 products
sunless tanning1 products
anti-aging1 products
serums & essences1 products
shampoo1 products
around-eye cream1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Absorbs into the skinOpen scientific literature

Biochemical or cellular level changes

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease.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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in peopleOpen scientific literature
Found to be persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlifeOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of skin irritationOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
14937 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

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