Benzophenone

SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that do not contain benzophenone. Known as an organ system toxicant by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), it can cause liver hypertrophy in studies done on rats using low doses. Oxybenzone can also permeate across the skin & accumulate in blood & the kidneys or liver, it may also be toxic to liver cells. Used as a fragrance enhancer in all kinds of products & perfumes according to NCBI. Commonly used in sunscreens.

CLASSIFICATION

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 BENZOPHENONE?

  • 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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Amina KitchingFragrances, Sunscreen