Recent Advances on Endocrine Disrupting Effects of UV Filters

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Aug 3;13(8):782. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13080782.


Ultraviolet (UV) filters are used widely in cosmetics, plastics, adhesives and other industrial products to protect human skin or products against direct exposure to deleterious UV radiation. With growing usage and mis-disposition of UV filters, they currently represent a new class of contaminants of emerging concern with increasingly reported adverse effects to humans and other organisms. Exposure to UV filters induce various endocrine disrupting effects, as revealed by increasing number of toxicological studies performed in recent years. It is necessary to compile a systematic review on the current research status on endocrine disrupting effects of UV filters toward different organisms. We therefore summarized the recent advances on the evaluation of the potential endocrine disruptors and the mechanism of toxicity for many kinds of UV filters such as benzophenones, camphor derivatives and cinnamate derivatives.

Keywords: cosmetics; endocrine disrupting effects; nuclear receptor; ultraviolet filters.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Benzophenones
  • Camphor
  • Cosmetics
  • Endocrine Disruptors*
  • Humans
  • Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Sunscreening Agents*
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*


  • Benzophenones
  • Cosmetics
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Sunscreening Agents
  • Camphor