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Alpha Hydrox Moisturizing Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Alpha Hydrox Moisturizing Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2016 formulation) product label collected on April 08, 2016 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Alpha Hydrox Moisturizing Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2016 formulation) is 3.

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Data last updated: April 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID and TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
BHT

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair
IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE
Appeared as: IDOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Fair

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

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Appeared as: TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E)

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, and DIBENZOYLMETHANE)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Limited

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

Fair

None

Limited
PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PANTHENOL (VITAMIN B5)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None
VINYL DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Fair

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Homosalate (10.0%), Octocrylene (7.0%), Octisalate (5.0%), Oxybenzone (4.5%), Avobenzone (3.0%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, BHT, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer

Directions from packaging:

For Daily UseAfter cleansing, apply product to face and neck.Apply liberally to fully cover your face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure. For extended sun exposure, re-apply at least every 2 hours.Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.For best results:Cleanse skin thoroughly & apply an Alpha Hydrox AHA treatment product before using this product.Recommended with the use of all products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.Protect this product from excessive heat and direct sun.

Warnings from packaging:

For External Use OnlyDo Not Use on Damaged or Broken SkinWhen Using This ProductKeep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove.Stop Use & Ask a Doctor ifRash OccursKeep Out of Reach of ChildrenIf Swallowed, Get Medical Help or Contact a Poison Control Center Right AwaySun protection measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses. Children under 6 months: Ask a doctor. For use on skin only.

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