What is Cyclomethicone
If you use new-age beauty products then chances are you will encounter an organic compound listed on the back of your container, called cyclomethicone. This
substance is a clear, alcohol-free and odorless liquid, added to personal skin care products to give them a smoother texture that is more easily applied to the
skin. Cyclomethicone is often blended with perfumes, lotions, creams, and hair care lines, and is currently being researched for use in products that tend to
cause dryness and irritation. When used in skin care products, cyclomethicone helps leave skin feeling smooth and lubricated, instead of sticky or oily. This
ingredient can also act as a replacement for petroleum based solvents, thereby decreasing the effects on the ozone layer.
How Cyclomethicone Works
There are several reasons why cyclomethicone is an effective additive to lotions and creams. First, the molecules of this chemical are too large to enter human
pores, thus leaving the product on the surface of the skin, creating a softer and smoother skin texture. Also, cyclomethicone molecules don’t tend to block the
active ingredients from entering the skin, because they tend to leave significant amounts of space in between each other.
These properties have made cyclomethicone a commonly used ingredient throughout the skin care and cosmetics industry. If you find yourself with problems
of dry skin or hair, look for a product that uses 5%-10% cyclomethicone, or ask your dermatologist for help in selecting the right product. (Though because this
compound is widely used in hair conditioners, cuticle conditioners, and body creams; you may have already encountered it at one point or another.)
Cyclomethicone is also believed to aid in the rejuvenation of skin where acne scars were present, and is currently being tested for the affect it may have on
psoriasis. This silicone agent may also be useful in skin creams where anti-aging compositions are found because it is also thought to have moisturizing
Always skin test a small area when using any new product to make sure you are not sensitive to it. If any redness or rash
develops discontinue use.
What is Cyclomethicone
Why use Silicones in cosmetics?
Silicones improve the aesthetic of cosmetic preparations as well as their performance. By forming a breathable protective barrier on the
skin, silicones help skin retain moisture, keep actives in place, and somewhat protect the skin from the environment. The following is
excerpted from The Dermatology Times article titled ‘Silicones in Cosmetics’: "“Ingredients such as Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, and
Cyclomethicone are rapidly being incorporated into so-called oil-free facial moisturizers and foundations to replace the more occlusive
types of oils, and the benefits they offer have been revolutionary,” said Dr. Draelos. “The silicone-based derivatives cause minimal
irritation, are hypoallergenic, and are neither comedogenic nor acnegenic. Furthermore, their use is associated with a better cosmetic
appearance because they don’t leave the face with a greasy shine, and they can help smooth down the scale around acne lesions as well".
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