Regarding the safety of Octocrylene For Skin, there are two main aspects: 1. The safety of octocrylene itself; 2. The safety of octocrylene residues and benzophenone produced by degradation accumulation.
Studies have suggested that octocrylene has potential sensitization, endocrine interference and reproductive developmental toxicity. However, there are also opinions that using octocrylene alone will not cause photosensitivity, and cases of allergies to sunscreens containing octocrylene are extremely rare. Some cases of skin irritation from sun exposure (photosensitivity) and transient skin irritation have involved the use of high concentrations of octocrylene. This ingredient is not an endocrine disruptor as defined by the World Health Organization.
In 1994, SCCP (the predecessor of SCCS, the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) evaluated the safety of octocrylene in cosmetics (SCCP, 1994), and considered that the substance was non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizer .
After careful study, it is believed that Octocrylene For Skin has sensitization and endocrine-disrupting reports, and experimenters must use products containing octocrylene in high concentrations every day. In actual application, the amount of octocrylene added to sunscreen will not be very high, and there is a big gap between the experimental environment and real application. Zhen Yao tends to believe in the conclusions of the “EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety”.
In addition, the current formulation technology adopts a large number of wrapping, slow-release, and isolation technologies, which can prevent octocrylene from directly contacting the skin and penetrating into the human body to a certain extent. Based on a comprehensive judgment, the safety of octocrylene itself is guaranteed and can be used.
However, if you have particularly sensitive and fragile skin, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should be cautious at this time, and it is best not to use sunscreen products containing octocrylene.