Safety Concerns of Organic Ultraviolet Filters: Special Focus on Endocrine-Disrupting Properties


Acute and chronic effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) on human health have long been a concern. It is well known that acute UVR causes epidermal hyperplasia, erythema, delayed tanning, pigment darkening, and free-radical formation. Apart from acute effects of UVR, its chronic effects involve immunosuppression, photoaging, exacerbation, photodermatoses, and photocarcinogenesis. To protect skin from harmful effects of UVR, UV filters were developed. But these may cause harmful effects in humans and on the environment; adverse effects of these chemicals have been evaluated for > 20 yr. Studies show that UV filters may lead to endocrine disruption, hepatotoxicity, mutagenicity, and systemic toxicity. Literature on environmental effects of UV filters suggests that they are bioaccumulative, pseudopersistent, and possibly toxic to aquatic ecosystems. The objective of this review is to summarize toxic effects and safety concerns of organic UV filters on human beings and the environment. We focus on UV filters’ organic endocrine-disrupting effects by reviewing both in vivo and in vitro studies.

Authors: Didem Oral, Anil Yirun, Pinar Erkekoglu
; Full Source: Journal of environmental pathology, toxicology and oncology : official organ of the International Society for Environmental Toxicology and Cancer 2020;39(3):201-212. doi: 10.1615/JEnvironPatholToxicolOncol.2020033188.