Making a common cosmetic and sunblock ingredient safer

Using a particular type of titanium dioxide — a common ingredient in cosmetics, food products, toothpaste and sunscreen — could reduce the potential health risks associated with the widely used compound. Authors conclude that less reactive rutile should be used insted of anatase in cosmetics and sunblocks. The report by researchers of our Center appears in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. Congratulations to the team!

Francesco Turci, Elena Peira, Ingrid Corazzari, Ivana Fenoglio, M. Trotta, Bice Fubini. Crystalline phase modulates the potency of nanometric TiO2to adhere and perturb the stratum corneum of porcine skin under indoor light.. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 2013; DOI: 10.1021/tx400285j