Oxybenzone: The Good & The Bad

An ingredient in sunscreens that are harmful to coral reefs.

What Is Oxybenzone?

Here are some benefits of the chemical ingredient.

The Good

Helps absorb damaging UVA & UVB rays.

As A Sunblock

Easily blends into the skin without leaving a cast.

Reduces White Cast

Shields the skin from foreign/toxic substances.

Reduces The Chances Of Skin Cancer

Here are some potential side effects.

The Bad

Scientifically proven, but only in case of excessive usage.

May Affect Thyroid Or Testosterone

Might cause allergic reactions in some people.

May Lead To Contact Dermatitis

Only in case of extreme levels of usage.

May Affect Kidney Function