Benzophenone: How to identify this chemical and Harmful effects

This toxic compound is found in skincare products to protect the products from UV light. They are found to be a common ingredient in sunscreen and are even used in sunscreens made for babies. This substance is toxic, bio accumulative, linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.

What products contain benzophenone?

  • lip balms
  • sunscreens including baby sunscreen
  • fragrance
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • moisturizer
  • foundation
  • hairspray

This chemical is a carcinogen and several studies suggest a link to a number of tumors. It can also influence the endocrine system indirectly, by changing gene expression. If that wasn’t bad enough, benzophenone can cause liver hypertrophy and can permeate the skin and accumulate blood in the kidneys and the liver.

How to find them on the label?

  • benzophenone
  • ingredients containing the word benzophenone (for example benzophenone-2)
  • oxybenzone
  • sulisobenzone
  • sulisobenzone sodium

Stay educated and stay away from these products… Beware.


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