Sunscreen Ingredient: Octocrylene


  • Other names:
    • Milestab 3039
    • Uvinul N 539 T
    • 2-Cyano-3,3-diphenylacrylic acid 2′-ethylhexyl ester
  • FDA Approval: Up to 10%
  • Blocks UVA: Limited
  • Blocks UVB: Yes
  • Photo-stable: Yes


UV Spectrum



Interactions with Other ingredients:

Oil soluble. Has water-resistant properties. Can help stabilize Avobenzone.

Safety Concerns:

Safe to use in quantities approved by the FDA.

One study shows ocyocrylene can increase skin’s photosensitivity to sun so use in sunscreen is questionable. Found in mothers’ milk and penetrates skin in lab studies. Relatively high rates of skin allergy.

Cosdna Rating: 0 for comedogenesis, 0 for irritation

Beautypedia Rating: Best

EWG Rating3

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