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Oxybenzone - Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects

Oxybenzone In Skin Care Products

With the spring and summer seasons fast approaching the sun will be out in full force, and many people will flock outdoors to enjoy it. Protecting your skin should be a priority along with having fun. Many sunscreen products are available on the market and most, including VIVITÉ ’s line, contain the ingredient oxybenzone.

What Is It?

Oxybenzone is a compound that is organic and is typically found in cosmetic products and sunscreen. It is used as an active ingredient in many of these products because of its ability to absorb UVB and some UVA rays.

What Is It Used For?

Its presence in sunscreen and cosmetics serves a couple of purposes. The first is to act as a photostabilizer. Photostablizers work to help prevent the breaking down of any molecule that absorbs sunlight, in this case, the skin. Some of the sun’s rays are beneficial, providing people with much needed vitamin D. However, too much absorption of harmful UV rays can compromise skin cells in a harmful manner. Second, it helps prevent other active ingredients in cosmetics and sunscreens from degrading in the sun as well, which would otherwise reduce their effectiveness.

What Are The Benefits Of Sunscreen?

The application of sunscreen can help mitigate the harmful effects of too much sun exposure. Skin cancer is very common and the primary culprit is the sun and overexposure to ultraviolet rays. The regular application of sunscreen can also slow the visible aging of skin that might otherwise be accelerated because of sun damage.

Potential Side Effects

While it is a common ingredient in sunscreens and aids in protecting your skin, it is not without potential side effects. Some people who use sunscreen containing oxybenzone can experience an allergic reaction resulting in itching, burning, rash or slight swelling. This chemical might also exacerbate any previous skin conditions as well as allergies, and a doctor should be consulted before using a product containing this ingredient. This is a common reaction by a small number of people to a variety of ingredients used in skin care products.

Make sure you are informed of the ingredients of any lotions or cosmetics you apply to your skin and how they might affect and benefit you.