EWG Level: 3
Sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) is ingredients absorb and dissipate UV radiation, which serves to protect cosmetics and personal care products. As part of sunscreen products, which are OTC drugs in the United States, Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone) and Benzophenone-4 (Sulisobenzone) protect the skin from the harmful effects of the suna sunscreen ingredient; can cause skin and eye irritation. Does not penetrate the skin to a large degree, but enhances the ability of other chemicals to penetrate.Exposing unprotected skin to UV light (primarily in the UV-B range) can result in sunburn and can promote premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. These compounds are powders. In cosmetics and personal care products, Benzophenone-1 and Benzophenone-3 are used mostly in the formulation of nail polishes and enamels. These Benzophenone ingredients are also used in bath products, makeup products, hair products, sunscreens and skin care products.
Funtions: Sunscreen Agent; Ultraviolet Light Absorber; UV ABSORBER; UV FILTER
Concerns, “Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence, Human irritant – strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))” (Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments)