Related Facts About Cosmetic Silicone

Update:2020-05-09 00:00

It is a fact that cosmetic-grade silicone is safe.
And, if people spend more time researching FACTS, and spend less time getting the manipulation data, the half-truths and false information hysterics from the fear-controlling activist groups, they will know that silicone is incredible for the cosmetics industry Contribution.


Synthetic cosmetic grade silicones are derived from mineral ingredients known to have a very low incidence of allergens.
The cold fact is that NOTHING does not cause allergies at all. Someone in a certain place may even have an allergic reaction to the most inert ingredients or carefully formulated products.

And, as long as we want to solve allergic skin reactions, let us figure out the meaning of the most easily misused and misunderstood word in the cosmetics industry-hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic is not a scientific term, it is created by marketers for advertising. The term actually refers to fewer or slightly allergens-not allergen-free.

Many people are allergic to latex, so hospitals and medical practices have replaced latex-based medical adhesives with SILICONE-based medical adhesives (which has been the standard for decades) because their allergic skin reactions rarely occur. Practitioners agree that silicone-based adhesives not only have low sensitization, but can also be safely used near open wounds – repeat: safe enough to be used near open wounds.

Many people believe that because silicones form a barrier on the skin, they must be suffocated and block pores. There is no clinical data to support these claims.

Cosmetic grade silicones are derived from silica (also called silica). Their specific molecular structure is composed of larger molecules, with a larger spacing between each molecule. They form a barrier matrix on the skin surface that is both protective and breathable. Their molecular size makes it impossible to migrate through the epidermis.

The wide spacing between molecules makes silicone an ideal delivery system for active ingredients that require extended absorption times. These active substances are still suspended in an inert silicone matrix (sitting on the skin surface), so they can be absorbed slowly.


Silicones commonly used in cosmetics production:
Polydimethylsiloxane-a transparent, non-reactive liquid, the thickness of which depends on the length of its polymer backbone, and can range from thin to taffy.

Dimethicone copolyol-a silicone containing -OH groups, making it more soluble in water. This makes it easier to incorporate into water-based formulations, and also reduces the "slip effect" (silky feel) of silicones.

Cyclomethicone – Short, cyclic molecules with many of the same properties as simethicone, but they will evaporate, but simethicone will not.
Cyclodimethylsilicone – a mixture of linear high molecular weight silicone (dimethylsilicone) and cyclic low molecular weight silicone (cyclomethicone).

Dimethicone and dimethicone copolymer
Dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol are mainly used in cosmetics with poor skin tone (foundation, concealer, etc.) because they do not evaporate and can stay on the skin for a longer period of time. They act as a carrier for insoluble mineral pigments, which provide color and hiding power to skin tone products. Adding silicone to the carrier liquid / emulsion forms a breathable, non-clogging flexible film, allowing the inert mineral pigment to ride on the skin surface without clumping or falling into fine lines.

Cyclomethicone is mainly used in skin care products and acts as a carrier. It can deliver other ingredients immediately or in a certain time release, and these ingredients can be absorbed by the skin. They also added slip agents to make the application smoother and then disappear without residue.
Cyclodimethyl silicone oil is a mixture of stable dimethyl silicone oil and evaporated (volatile) cyclomethicone. This blend provides an emulsion that is perfect for "long-lasting" color cosmetics (foundation, liquid lipstick, etc.).

Non-silicon based feed:
The non-silicone carrier liquid (glycerin, mineral / vegetable oil / nut oil) used in the liquid foundation has a sufficiently small molecular structure to be easily absorbed into the skin. Once absorbed, they will leave the MASK-LIKE layer of insoluble mineral pigments, thus forming the color and coverage of the foundation.
(Did you just have an "Aha" moment?)
The easily absorbed carrier liquid can bring highly micronized insoluble components into the pores and make them enlarged or blocked.

do you know?
Silicone cosmetics are ideal for acne-prone or other sensitive skin types.
AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) cites cosmetic grade silicones as inert, non-reactive as "useful ingredients in cosmetic products, such as liquid foundation, for patients with cystic acne and rosacea. Silicone foundation can help Reduce the redness, tingling or irritation of the skin commonly associated with the use of facial makeup on these types of skin. "

Therefore, skin-color cosmetics with silicone-based carrier emulsions are very suitable for allergic or reactive skin conditions-this means that they can also be used as "covers" for patients during the recovery process after cosmetic surgery.


This is even more groundless fear fear and doubtful phenomenon caused hysterics.

Are some silicones unsafe to inhale? Yes, industrial silicones are not safe to inhale. People working with or around them wear protective equipment to prevent inhalation.

However, in order to create hysterical sentiment, ingredient activist groups and shady natural / organic cosmetics market merchants choose to distort data and selectively invoke industrial silicone-related hazards as if these hazards apply to all silicones-but not .

It turns out that the cosmetic-grade silicone used to make airbrush makeup products can be safely inhaled.


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