Our expert says:
My apologies and you are 100% correct, I have discussed octocrylene in previous posts, in particular with Brent 18th July, Sarah 19th July, and oxybenzone was discussed with Tori on the 28th July.
As mentioned before the use of various ingredients in sunscreens is a contentious one and new data on these ingredients is appearing all the time. The table below is copied directly from the FDA website and it highlights the ingredients that have been approved for human use in OTC sunscreen products and more importantly their specific concentrations:
FDA approves 16 active ingredients for use as over-the-counter
PRODUCT MAXIMUM CONCENTRATIONa
Titanium dioxide 25%
Zinc oxide 25
Aminobenzoic acid 15
Trolamine salicylate 12
Padimate O 8
Octyl methoxycinnamate 7.5
Menthyl anthranilate 5
Octyl salicylate 5
Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid 4
Furthermore, the Cosmetic Safety Database that works in conjunction with the Environmental Working Group, rates the use of octocrylene in sunscreens as 3 out of 10 (with 10 corresponding to the highest concern) with regards to safety in human use. They do not rate octocrylene as a skin cancer causing ingredient unlike oxybenzone.
In my opinion it is safe to use octocrylene, until further research indicates otherwise, in particular to the issue of ROS (or is it ros?). Following from all of the above the decision to stop using Heliocare is purely up to you.
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