- Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Also known as menthyl anthranilate, this synthetic sunscreen active is a partially effective UVA sunscreen, but because it only protects up to 336 nanometers, it does not make the grade for providing sufficient UVA protection on its own.
This sunscreen active is one of several currently undergoing further safety testing under the purview of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This testing is to gain a better understanding of the systemic absorption, metabolism, and elimination of these sunscreen actives when small amounts enter the body via topical use. It’s important to know that the presence of this or other sunscreen actives in the body does not mean your health is at risk. It is anticipated that the additional testing being done will reaffirm the safety of these ingredients; however, those who remain concerned can choose sunscreens with mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) which are not included in the FDA’s new call for additional testing.
Reference for this information:
The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Allured, 2007, pages 148-149
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