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Homosalate, UV filter, added to unsafe database

If you use a sunblock that uses homosalate as its active UV filter, this is a good time to find an alternative. We have included it as unsafe in our list of ingredients for the Supermarket App Pro.  Here are other brands that use homosalate as the active UV filter:

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
  • Coppertone Sport Sunscreen
  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
  • Sun Bum Original Sunscreen
  • EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen
  • CeraVe Sunscreen.

(product list is provided by ChatGPT, and some products have not been humanly verified as of writing)

Its important to note that the US FDA has allowed this compound in concentrations of less than 15% into products but the EU has a different assessment.

Here is the EU’s assessment of ‘homosalate’  Its a 59 page pdf made by the Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety of the European Commission.

In conclusion: (page 52)

On the basis of safety assessment of homosalate, and considering the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties, the SCCS has concluded that homosalate is not safe when used as a UV-filter in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 10%

….and that the allowable safety concentration is at 0.05%

The European Commission has a 59 page pdf document including opinions based on studies. The FDA has no mention of studies and approves the ingredient in concentrations up to 15%. We made the decision to include it in our list of unsafe ingredients based on the the following information:

The Enviromental Working Group as well as a few other Pubmed studies verify that the ingredient is unsafe. Links below:

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