Levels of Benzene in Sunblock Employing Static Headspace Sampling

Young girl getting sun tan lotion on head.

Benzene is classified as a Group A, known human carcinogen, by the Environmental Protection Agency. Benzene is commonly used in the manufacturing of detergents, pharmaceuticals, and dyes. Due to its toxicity, manufacturers take precautions to remove the benzene before products are released to the public. Recently, it has been found, that there can be large amounts of Benzene in sunscreen. This application will examine how to test assorted sunscreen products for Benzene using static headspace sampling.

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