- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), and Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||487 products|
|daily use with SPF||210 products|
|baby sunscreen||44 products|
|lip balm with SPF||31 products|
|fragrance for women||25 products|
|nail polish||24 products|
|CC cream||22 products|
|lip gloss||20 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||15 products|
|body spray||10 products|
|tanning oil||10 products|
|lip balm||9 products|
|liquid hand soap||3 products|
|makeup primer||3 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|serums & essences||2 products|
|body wash/cleanser||1 products|
|facial cleanser||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|BB cream||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Absorbs into the skin||Open scientific literature|
Biochemical or cellular level changes
|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|
|Does not produces excess reactive oxygen species or other harmful biochemical changes.||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|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in people||Open scientific literature|
|Found to be persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|One or more human case studies show possible any or allergenic effects||Open scientific literature|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Limited evidence of skin irritation||Open scientific literature|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative||Open scientific literature|
|Wildlife and environmental toxicity||Open scientific literature|
|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|
|14937 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM 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.
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