Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone

What Is It?

Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone is an organic compound that absorbs ultraviolet (UV) light.

Why Is It Used?

In Europe, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone is an approved UV filter, which means that this ingredient can be added to sunscreen products that are designed to protect the skin from the sun. In Europe, sunscreen products are considered cosmetic products. In the United States, sunscreen products are Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs and only certain ingredients have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in these products.

In assessing sunscreen active ingredients, the FDA reviews both safety and efficacy. The safety and efficacy of Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone has not yet been reviewed for sunscreen use by the FDA and it cannot be used in sunscreen drug products. For cosmetics and personal care products in the United States, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone can be used as an ultraviolet light absorber. In this case, the ingredient serves to protect the product from deterioration by absorbing, UV light.

Scientific Facts

Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone is a broad spectrum UV absorber, absorbing UVB as well as UVA rays. UV radiation is an important cause of sunburn, premature aging of the skin and in the development of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

Safety Information

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products Intended for Consumers (SCCNFP) conducted a safety evaluation of Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone. Based on their review, the SCCNFP concluded that use of this ingredient in cosmetic products as a UV light absorber at a maximum concentration of 10% would not pose a health hazard.

The European SCCNFP concluded that Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone was not irritating or sensitizing. It was not genotoxic and the dermal absorption of the ingredient was very low.

Link to the European Commission’s SCCNFP opinion concerning Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone:…

Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone is listed in the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union and may be used as a UV filter in cosmetics and personal care products at a maximum concentration of 10% (see Annex VII).

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More Scientific Information

Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone is an organic compound. In cosmetics and personal care products, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone functions as an ultraviolet light absorber. UV absorbers, like sunscreen agents, have the ability to convert UV radiation into less damaging infrared radiation (heat).


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