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Octinoxate is used as an ingredient of the sunscreen creams and lotions to safeguard the skin from harmful effects of sunlight, prevent premature aging of skin and also protect skin from the sensitivity developed due to some drugs.

How it works

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

Common side effects

Anal irritation, Skin rash, Skin redness


Expert advice

  • Avoid using the cream on irritated skin.
  • You may be monitored for hormonal levels as octinoxate may have a negative impact on the endocrine system.
  • Do not take if allergic to octinoxate or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is octinoxate a steroid or does contain gluten?
Octinoxate is not a steroid nor does it contain gluten.

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