What is it?
2-Ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate is a chemical primarily used in sunscreens. You have shown a positive allergic reaction to 2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate. Avoid contact with this substance.  Here is a partial list of products known to have contained 2-ethylhexyl-4-methylaminobenzoate in the past. To be sure, you should check the contents on the package.

How can I avoid it?
You may be allergic or photoallergic to 2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate. If photoallergic, you may not react to 2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate alone, but only with light exposure.  In either case you should avoid contact with this agent and with related PABA derivatives.  This includes PABA, padimate A (amyl dimethyl PABA), glycerol PABA.  To avoid these chemicals, you must be instructed to read the labels of all protective agents as well as the other products listed previously and substitute these agents with oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, cinnamates, dibenzoymethane, or salicylates.  Many such “PABA-free” products are available.You should be instructed to make all their health care providers aware that they may have reactions to some medications including: 
  • thiazide diuretics
  • sulfonylurea antidiabetic agents
  • p-aminosalicylic acid, procainamide (procaine)
  • benzocaine
  • p-phenylenediamine (permanent hair dyes)

2-Ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate is a PABA derivative that is used as a sun-screening agent. Of the PABA group it is the most commonly used agent in sunscreens marketed in the United States.
  • Lipsticks and lip balms
  • Nail Polish
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
    • Antiperspirants / Deodorants
    • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
    • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
    • Soaps / CleansersmShampoos / ConditionersmMoisturizers
    • Make-ups
    • Powders / Sprays
    • Sunscreens

Other names for 2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate: 
  • 2-Ethylhexyl 4-Dimethyl-aminobenzoate
  • 2-Ethylhexyl-p-dimethylaminobenzoate
  • 2-Ethylhexyl Paradimethylamino Benzoate
  • 4-(Dimethylamino)Benzoic Acid, 2-Ethylhexyl Ester
  • Benzoic Acid, 4-(Dimethylamino)-, 2-Ethylhexyl Ester
  • Benzoic Acid, 4-(Dimethylamino)-, Octyl Ester
  • Aminobenzoate
  • Escalol 507
  • Eusolex 6007
  • Octyl dimethyl p-aminobenzoate
  • Octyl dimethyl-PABA
  • Octyl-4-N,N-dimethylaminobenzoate
  • Octyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoate
  • Padimate 0
  • Uvasorb

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Cinoxate

How safe is it?

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