You should know
What it is
Octocrylene protects skin from sun damage. It absorbs UV-B with peak absorption of 304 nm. It is a common sunscreen ingredient and often paired with avobenzone, a UVA filter. This is because octocrylene stabilizes other sunscreen ingredients by protecting them from degradation when exposed to sunlight. Octocrylene is a photostable ingredient and loses about 10% of SPF in 95 minutes.
Octocrylene also acts as an emollient, meaning it helps skin retain moisture and softens skin. It is oil-soluble and hydrophobic, enhancing water-resistant properties in a product.
Those who are using ketoprofen, a topical anti-inflammatory drug, may experience an allergic reaction when using octocrylene. It is best to speak with a healthcare professional about using sunscreens with octocrylene.
The EU allows a maximum of these concentrations:
- 9% for propellent and spray products
- 10% in other products
Octocrylene is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 2.6% of the products in our database containing it.
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Where it's used
Octocrylene is most often found as ingredient number 4 within an ingredient list.
Of the 327 products in our database that have a known concentration of Octocrylene, we've seen concentrations from 1% to 100% specified within their ingredient lists.
These are the categories of products that use Octocrylene the most:
Products with Octocrylene
- CosIng ID: 35585
- INCI Name: OCTOCRYLENE
- INN Name: octocrilene
- EC #: 228-250-8
- All Functions: UV Absorber, UV Filter