Author: Vanessa Ngan, Staff Writer, 2012.
Ensulizole, also known as phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, is a chemical substance that is used in sunscreen products. It is able to absorb the full spectrum of UVB rays but provides little protection against UVA rays. It is usually formulated with other sunscreen agents, particularly UVA chemical absorbers such as avobenzone, ecamsule and bemotrizinol. It is also often paired with the metal oxides, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to achieve a sunscreen product with coverage against both UVA and UVB rays.
Unlike other chemical absorbers, ensulizole is water soluble and is used in products formulated to be less oily and feel lighter on the skin. Hence it is often used in cosmetic moisturisers, with a sunscreen component, for daily use.
Because ensulizole is relatively new to the sunscreen market there are few reports or studies available documenting its adverse effects and long term use.
CAS number: 27503-81-7
Cross reactions: unknown
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