Toxic Chemical Glossary:
What is Oxybenzone: Chemical Free Living
What is oxybenzone?
Oxybenzone is a common ingredient found in 70% of all sunscreens and personal care products. It is an ultraviolet light absorber and filter . This ingredient is also a penetration enhancer that helps other ingredients penetrate the skin more readily .
What products is oxybenzone in?
Oxybenzone is in hundreds of personal care products like facial moisturizers, lip balm, lipstick, anti-aging creams, hair conditioners, and fragrances, it is most commonly found in sunscreen 
How to tell if a product has oxybenzone
Look for the following synonyms on ingredient labels to alert you to the presence of oxybenzone:
(2-Hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenylmethanone; 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone; Benzophenone-3; Methanone, (2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl-; Oxybenzone; Benzophenone, 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy-, BP-3; Phenyl- Methanone; (2-hydroxy -4-methoxyphenyl) phenylmethanone; 2-benzoyl-5-methoxyphenol; 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone; 4-methoxy-2-hydroxybenzophenone; advastab 45; anuvex; b3 [4, 5, 6].
Risks associated with oxybenzone
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends that consumers avoid products that contain oxybenzone . Oxybenzone has been linked with endocrine and hormone disruption as well as organ system toxicity and a variety of other health concerns. This ingredient is well-absorbed through the skin and has been cited by the CDC as a health concern . Health issues related to exposure to oxybenzone include the following:
- Photoallergic reactions
- Contact dermatitis 
- Hormone disruption 
- Cellular damage 
- Low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy 
How to avoid oxybenzone
Avoid oxybenzone by reading ingredient labels. Be sure to avoid products that contain oxybenzone as well as oxybenzone synonyms (see above for a list of other oxybenzone ingredient names). Avoid sunburns by wearing protective clothing or using an umbrella . Use mineral-based, toxic chemical free sunscreens whenever possible rather than chemical ones. In personal care products, do your own research on a product’s ingredients by using a resource such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep product database.
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 Healthy Child Healthy World (2016). Worst Scoring Sunscreens for Kids. http://www.healthychild.org/worst-scoring-sunscreens-for-kids/ December 20, 2016.
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 EWG (2016). CDC: Americans Carry Body Burden of Toxic Sunscreen Chemical. Available online: http://www.ewg.org/news/testimony-official-correspondence/cdc-americans-carry-body-burden-toxic-sunscreen-chemical December 20, 2016.
 EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (2007-2016). Oxybenzone. Available online: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704372/OXYBENZONE/ December 20, 2016.
 US Department of Health & Human Services Household Products Databases. Available online: https://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&id=198&query=oxybenzone++&searchas=TblChemicalsJanuary 23, 2107.