A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Oxybenzone

  • Oxybenzone or benzophenone-3 (trade names Milestab 9, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567, KAHSCREEN BZ-3) is an organic compound.
  • It is a pale-yellow solid that is readily soluble in most organic solvents.
  • Oxybenzone belongs to the class of aromatic ketones known as benzophenones.
  • Studies have shown its high penetrative capacity as well as our bodies ability to store it.
  • This is potentially harmful since it is known to mimic oestrogen in our body and has been linked to breast cancer.
  • Found in:
    • Sunscreens, lipstick, moisturiser and fragrance for women.
  • Read the label for:
    • Benzophenone-3, oxybenzone
  • Problems associated with it:
    • Hormone disruption, allergies, cell damage


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