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Ingredient Dictionary

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titanium dioxide

Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Sunscreen Actives, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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terephthalylidine dicamphor sulfonic acid

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Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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Parsol 1789

See avobenzone

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

Sunscreen ingredient rarely used since the 1990s because of strong potential for sensitizing reactions. Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives, Sensitizing

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padimate O

Sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays (Source: Skin Therapy Letter,... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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PABA

See para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

Categories: Sunscreen Actives, Sensitizing

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oxybenzone

Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is a sunscreen agent that protects primarily from the... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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octyl salicylate

Sunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays (Source: Skin Therapy... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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octyl methoxycinnamate

Sunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays… Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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octocrylene

Sunscreen agent that protects skin from the UVB range of sunlight (Source: Skin Therapy Letter,... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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octisalate

Technical name for the active sunscreen ingredient octyl salicylate (also known as ethylhexyl... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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octinoxate

Also known as octyl methoxycinnamate and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate… Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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meradmiate

See menthyl anthranilate

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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menthyl anthranilate

Also known as meradimate, this is a synthetic sunscreen active is a partially effective UVA... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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homosalate

FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredient that primarily provides UVB protection. Its UVA range is... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

See octyl methoxycinnamate

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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ecamsule

Sunscreen ingredient that provides UVA protection... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane

See avobenzone

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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bumetrizole

Sunscreen ingredient that absorbs primarily UVB light. Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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benzophenone

Group of compounds used in cosmetics as sunscreen agents to protect mostly from UVB radiation and... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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benzephenone-3

Also called oxybenzone, a sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays and... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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avobenzone

Synthetic sunscreen ingredient (also known as Parsol 1789 and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) that... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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active ingredient

The active ingredients list is the part of a cosmetic, drug, or pharmaceutical ingredient label... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives, Miscellaneous

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