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Home: Products: Sunscreen: Types: Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical Sunscreens


Advantages

  • They bind to horny layer of skin and have longer duration of action.
  • Can be incorporated in lotions, creams, gels, etc.
  • Generally cause no staining.

Disadvantages

  • Can cause allergy.
  • All of them donít cover the entire spectrum of UVR.

Ingredients used to screen UVB:
UVB is known as the burning wavelengths of light, and the cause of sunburns and skin cancers.

The active Ingredients which are used to screen UVB are generally- PABA (known to be a contact dermatitis allergen, and mostly avoided in current sunscreens), Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyl Salicylate.

Ingredients used to screen UVA:
UVA SCREENS: 260 NM to 400 NM

UVA is known to cause deeper tissue damage, wrinkle formation and skin cancer.

The following active Ingredients are normally incorporated to screen UVA- Oxybenzone, Avobenzone or Parasol 1789 and Benzophenone.

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