Other ConcernsEnhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), and Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
SYNONYMS(2-HYDROXY-4-METHOXYPHENYL)PHENYL- METHANONE, (2-HYDROXY-4-METHOXYPHENYL)PHENYLMETHANONE, 2-BENZOYL-5-METHOXYPHENOL, 2-HYDROXY-4-METHOXYBENZOPHENONE, 4-08-00-02442 (BEILSTEIN HANDBOOK REFERENCE), 4-METHOXY-2-HYDROXYBENZOPHENONE, ADVASTAB 45, AI3-23644, ANUVEX, B3, BENZOPHENONE, 2-HYDROXY-4-METHOXY-, BENZOPHENONE-3, BRN 1913145, CCRIS 1078, CHIMASSORB 90, CYASORB UV 9, CYASORB UV 9 LIGHT ABSORBER, DURASCREEN, EINECS 205-031-5, ESCALOL 567, HMBP, HSDB 4503, METHANONE, (2-HYDROXY-4-METHOXYPHENYL)PHENYL-, METHANONE, (2HYDROXY4METHOXYPHENYL)PHENYL, MOB, MOD, NCI-C60957, NSC 7778, NSC-7778, ONGROSTAB HMB, OXIBENZONA, OXIBENZONUM, OXYBENZON, OXYBENZONE, OXYBENZONE (BENZOPHENONE-3), OXYBENZONE 6, OXYBENZONUM, SOLAQUIN, SPECTRA-SORB UV 9, SUNSCREEN UV-15, SYNTASE 62, UF 3, USAF CY-9, UV 9, UVINUL 9, UVINUL M40, and UVISTAT 24
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Oxybenzone is a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||129 products|
|daily use with SPF||124 products|
|lip balm with SPF||34 products|
|fragrance for women||29 products|
|nail polish||26 products|
|fragrance for men||23 products|
|BB cream||23 products|
|baby sunscreen||18 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||8 products|
|hair treatment/serum||7 products|
|hair styling aide||5 products|
|after shave||4 products|
|body wash/cleanser||4 products|
|lip balm||3 products|
|tanning oil||2 products|
|serums & essences||2 products|
|setting powder/spray||2 products|
|nail glue||2 products|
|hair spray||2 products|
|lip gloss||2 products|
|body spray||2 products|
|facial powder||2 products|
|nail treatment||1 products|
|liquid hand soap||1 products|
|makeup primer||1 products|
|eye liner||1 products|
|hair color and bleaching||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Penetration enhancer||Open scientific literature|
|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|
|Possible human photoallergenic toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|One or more human case studies show significant photoallergenic or allergenic effects||Open scientific literature|
|One or more human case studies show possible Photoallergic or allergenic effects||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of immune system (sensitization) toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|Not likely to be a immune system toxicant or allergenic in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in some types of cosmetics (concentration limit)||Japan's Standards for Cosmetics|
|Human endocrine disruptor - moderate evidence||European Commission on Endocrine Disruption|
|Limited evidence of wildlife and the environment disruption||European Commission on Endocrine Disruption|
|One or more studies show weak endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|Associated with endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in people||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Limited evidence of developmental toxicity||Open scientific literature|
|One or more animal studies show developmental effects at high doses||Open scientific literature|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|One or more animal studies show cardiovascular effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)||Open scientific literature|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|One or more animal studies show no adverse broad systemic effects at high doses||Open scientific literature|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|10524 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Wildlife and environmental toxicity||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not likely to be mutagenic in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Not likely to be a any irritant in humans||Open scientific literature|
- 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.
- EU (European Union)- Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters 2007. Commision on endocrin disruption requested by the European Parliament in 1998.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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