What is it?
Phenyl salicylate is an ultra-violet light absorber.
How do I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
Skin contact with phenyl salicylate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Octocrylene should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to
help identify potential sources of exposure.
• Anti-rheumatic agent
• Veterinary – used as external disinfectant and intestinal antiseptic agent
• Pill coating in which the medication is intended for enteric release
Other names for phenyl salicylate:
• 2-Hydroxybenzoic acid phenyl ester
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• FD&C Yellow No. 5
• Phenol salicylate
• 2-phenoxycarbonyl phenol
• Phenyl 2-hydroxybenzoate
• Salicylic acid phenyl esther