SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain oxybenzone. Known as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, oxybenzone may mimic hormones, cause endometriosis & potential risks to reproductive systems. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, advise that the chemical sunscreen ingredients that are found to most commonly cause allergic skin reactions include: oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), dibenzoylmethanes, cinnamates & benzophenones.
CAS No: 131-57-7. SUNSCREEN "Oxybenzone; Synonym(s): BENZOPHENONE-3, (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-" - EWG
HOW IS IT USED?
RESEARCH - WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY:
Sunscreen chemical; functions as sunscreen agents absorbing ultraviolet light. Oxybenzone is also used in nail polish, fragrances, hair spray, and other skin care and cosmetics.
WHAT IS OXYBENZONE?
NICNAS No usage restrictions apply.
Oxybenzone, or benzonephenone-3, is one of the most common sunscreen chemical filters that is found. It forms colorless crystals that are readily soluble and provides UV protectionm.
"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
"According to EWG, oxybenzone has been detected in nearly every American’s blood. Studies have shown that oxybenzone may have an impact on the endocrine system (the glands in your body that make hormones), Andrews said, adding that in one instance, increased levels of oxybenzone in adolescent boys led to lower testosterone levels." - EWG in an article for HuffingtonPost.com.au