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CAS Number 1314-13-2
Chem/IUPAC Name: Zinc oxide (CI 77947)
EINECS/ELINCS No: 215-222-5
COSING REF No: 38968
Zinc Oxide is a very useful ingredient that has been used for centuries in various skincare and cosmetic formulations. It is a natural ingredient that appears as a white powder in its raw form. Zinc Oxide provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation, making it an excellent choice for sunscreens. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent ingredient for treating and preventing acne and other skin conditions. Further, Zinc Oxide is a natural color agent and does not contain any synthetic colorants. It is a natural alternative to synthetic sunscreens and provides numerous benefits for the skin. The chemical formula of Zinc Oxide is ZnO.

What is ZINC OXIDE used for?

Thanks to its many beneficial properties, Zinc oxide can be found in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. Most commonly it is present in sunscreens, and it also has other benefits for the skin, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
  • Sun care & skin care: It is added to skin care products because of its ability to treat and prevent acne, soothe irritated skin, and promote wound healing. It is also an effective natural sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also acts as a natural colorant and a thickening agent. It can be found in foundations, powders, and other makeup products to provide a matte finish and even out skin tone.


Zinc Oxide is a natural ingredient that is derived from the mineral zincite. It is made by heating the mineral to a high temperature and vaporizing it. The vapor is then oxidized to form Zinc Oxide particles, which are then collected and purified. The size of the particles can be controlled to produce different grades of Zinc Oxide with varying properties.

What does ZINC OXIDE do in a formulation?

  • Antimicrobial
  • Bulking
  • Skin protecting
  • Uv absorber

Safety profile

Zinc Oxide is a safe ingredient and is good for the skin as it is non-toxic and non-comedogenic. However, it is important to note that some people may have a high sensitivity or allergic reaction to the ingredient. Therefore, a patch test is highly recommended prior to full usage, especially in the case of sensitive skin. Additionally, this ingredient is biodegradable and good for the environment, making it quite a popular choice in many formulations. Zinc Oxide is also vegan and halal.

ZINC OXIDE Alternatives

Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 2360°C
Melting Point 1974°C
pH 7.0
Solubility Insoluble in water
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