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Benzophenone is used as an ingredient in sunscreen cream to safeguard the skin from harmful effects of sunlight, prevent premature aging of skin and to protect skin from the sensitivity developed due to some drugs.

How it works

Benzophenone is an aromatic ketone which works either by absorbing sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays or by stopping the sunrays from entering into deeper layers of skin thus protecting it from damage.

Common side effects

Anal irritation, Skin rash, Skin redness


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Expert advice

  • Avoid using the cream on irritated skin.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to benzophenone or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Does benzophenone cause cancer?
It is not known if benzophenone causes cancer.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)