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Oxybenzone is an organic compound used in sunscreens. It is a derivative of benzophenone. It forms colorless crystals that are readily soluble in most organic solvents.

It is used as an ingredient in sunscreen and other cosmetics because it absorbs UV-A ultraviolet rays. In the EU products intended for skin protection with 0.5% or more oxybenzone must be labeled "Contains Oxybenzone".[1]

See also


  • Merck Index, 11th Edition, 6907.


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