8 Sunscreen Ingredients That Can Damage Your Skin

Oxybenzone: This chemical filter can cause allergic reactions and hormonal disruptions. It's also known to be a potential skin irritant.

Octinoxate: While effective at absorbing UVB rays, octinoxate can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. It is also a hormone disruptor.

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate): When exposed to sunlight, this ingredient can break down and produce free radicals.

Homosalate: This UV filter can accumulate in the body and has been linked to hormone disruption and potential toxicity at high concentrations.

Parabens (e.g., methylparaben, propylparaben): Used as preservatives, parabens can cause skin irritation and have been linked to hormone disruption.

Fragrance: Synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and sensitivity, especially for those with sensitive skin.

Benzophenone-3 (BP-3 or Oxybenzone): Similar to oxybenzone, benzophenone-3 can cause allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and is a potential skin irritant.

4-MBC (4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor): This chemical filter has been linked to hormone disruption and can cause skin irritation.

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