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This section includes information on widely used sun blocking agents, grouped by type and range. Before researching individual UV-blockers, we recommend reading our article on how sunscreens work.

Please click on the specific sunblock link for details. (For a complete list of sun blocking agents approved in the US and Europe, see Wikipedia article on sunscreens.)

Physical:  zinc oxidetitanium dioxide

Chemical:  avobenzone (Parsol, Eusolex, Escalol)bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S)benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone)benzophenone-4 (Sulisobenzone)ecamsule (Mexoryl SX)phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (ensulizole)homosalateoctyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)octyl salicylate (octisalate)octocrylene

Hybrid:  bisoctrizole (Tinosorb M)

UVB blockers:  phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (ensulizole)homosalateoctyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)octyl salicylate (octisalate)benzophenone-3 (oxybenzone)benzophenone-4 (sulisobenzone)

UVA blockers:  avobenzone (Parsol, Eusolex, Escalol)ecamsule (Mexoryl SX)

UVA+UVB blockers:  zinc oxidetitanium dioxidebisoctrizole (Tinosorb M)bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S)octocrylene

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