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 oxybenzoneLook 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 oxybenzoneThe 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