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Ethylhexyl Salicylate

Our database includes 1483 products that contain Ethylhexyl Salicylate.

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What it is

Chemical UV Filter


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Ethylhexyl Salicylate is an organic compound used to block UV rays. It primarily absorbs UVB rays but offers a small amount of UVA protection as well.

Commonly found in sunscreens, Ethylhexyl Salicylate is created from salicylic acid and 2-ethylhexanol. You might know salicylic acid as the effective acne fighter ingredient and BHA.

The ethylhexanol in this ingredient is a fatty alcohol and helps hydrate your skin, similar to oils. It is an emollient, which means it traps moisture into the skin.

According to manufacturers, Ethylhexyl Salicylate absorbs UV wavelength of 295-315 nm, with a peak absorption at 307-310 nm. UVA rays are linked to long term skin damage, such as hyperpigmentation. UVB rays emit more energy and are capable of damaging our DNA. UVB rays cause sunburn.

Also known as: Octisalate and Octyl Salicylate

Ethylhexyl Salicylate is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 3.6% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:

UV Absorber, UV Filter

Community Stats

156 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Redness • Sensitivity • Oiliness

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Sensitivity • Redness • Fungal Acne

Where it's used

Ethylhexyl Salicylate is most often found as ingredient number 5 within an ingredient list.

Of the 375 products in our database that have a known concentration of Ethylhexyl Salicylate, we've seen concentrations from 1.5% to 6% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Ethylhexyl Salicylate the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 33893
  • INN Name: octisalate
  • EC #:  204-263-4
  • All Functions: UV Absorber, UV Filter
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.