Benzophenone

SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain benzophenone, a common sunscreen chemical. It is known to cause irritation to skin. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) classifies benzophenone as a known toxicant that can cause liver hypertrophy, as indicated in studies on rats at low doses. Ingestion of benzophenone, at high amounts, may cause respiratory depression & vomiting.

CLASSIFICTAION

CAS No: 1341-54-4. SUNSCREEN "Benzophenone 11; and Synonym(s): A-OXODIPHENYLMETHANE; A-OXODITANE; BENZENE, BENZOYL-; BENZOYL- BENZENE; BENZOYLBENZENE; DIPHENYL KETONE; DIPHENYL- METHANONE; DIPHENYLMETHANONE; METHANONE, DIPHENYL; METHANONE, DIPHENYL-; PHENYL KETONE" - EWG

HOW IS IT USED?

Sunscreen chemical; functions as sunscreen agent absorbing ultraviolet light.

RESEARCH - WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:

  • NICNAS No usage restrictions apply.

  • The European Food Safety Authority EFSA classifies benzophenone as a known toxicant because it can cause liver hypertrophy in rats at low doses. "Found in: Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens, fragrance, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, moisturizers, and foundation"

WHAT IS BENZOPHEONE?

  • The European Food Safety Authority EFSA classifies benzophenone as a known toxicant because it can cause liver hypertrophy in rats at low doses. "Found in: Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens, fragrance, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, moisturizers, and foundation"

  • "Many chemical sunscreens have been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer. Among the most hazardous are those containing oxybenzone, synthetic fragrances and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A)" - Dr Mercola

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