3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||254.37 g/mol|
|Appearance||White crystalline powder|
|Melting point||66 to 69 °C (151 to 156 °F; 339 to 342 K)|
|R-phrases (outdated)||R36/37/38 R50 R53|
|S-phrases (outdated)||S26 S37/39 S61|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Enzacamene (INN; also known as 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or 4-MBC) is an organic camphor derivative that is used in the cosmetic industry for its ability to protect the skin against UV, specifically UV B radiation. As such, it is used in sunscreen lotions and other skincare products claiming a SPF value. Its tradenames include Eusolex 6300 (Merck) and Parsol 5000 (DSM).
All the camphor-derived sunscreens dissipate the photon energy by cis-trans isomerisation. However, for enzacamene the quantum yield for this isomerization is only between 0.13-0.3. This low quantum yield means that other photochemical processes are also occurring.
Studies have raised the issue that enzacamene acts as an endocrine disruptor. There is controversy about the estrogenic effects of enzacamene and while one study showed only a relatively minor effect, a study in Switzerland showed significant uterine growth in immature rodents. In addition, there is some evidence that enzacamene may suppress the pituitary-thyroid axis, leading to hypothyroidism.