Sunscreen Ingredient: Octinoxate

  • Other names:
    • Octyl methoxycinnamate
    • Eusolex 2292
    • Uvinul MC80
    • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • FDA Approval: Up to 7.5
  • Blocks UVA: No
  • Blocks UVB: Yes
  • Photo-stable: No


Interactions with Other ingredients:

Photostability can be improved if the following are added: enzacamene, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M, titanium dioxide (microfine), zinc oxide (micronized), diethylhexyl 2, 6-naphthalate.

Degrades Avobenzone.

Octinoxate is Oil Soluble.

Safety Concerns:

Laboratory studies indicate Octinoxate has less than 1% skin penetration in humans. When used appropriately in sunscreen formulations, Octinoxate is considered safe. However, some studies indicate octinoxate can have hormone-like activity and is linked with reproductive system, thyroid and behavioral alterations in animal studies. Moderate rates of skin allergy.

Cosdna Rating: 0 for comedogenesis, 0 for irritation

Beautypedia Rating: Best

EWG Rating: 6

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