Texture enhancer

No known benefits

Amylopectin at a glance

  • A polysaccharide commonly known as starch
  • Adds bulk, binds and helps improve texture of cosmetics
  • Derived from common foods such as bananas and potatoes
  • Considered safe for topical use

Amylopectin description

Amylopectin is a water-insoluble polysaccharide starch whose high molecular weight doesn’t penetrate skin. Its main purpose when used in cosmetics is to control the viscosity (thickness) of products via its binding properties. This contributes to the product’s texture and flow. In cosmetics, amylopectin may be supplied as a gel, liquid, or as granules. This starch, which is also a natural polymer, is derived from unripe fruit (bananas are a common source), tubers (potatoes) and cereal grains like wheat and barley. It makes up between 70–80% of what’s considered common starch, the latter being the polysaccharide amylose, which is the type of starch that can crystallize. Amylopectin is considered safe as used in cosmetics, with no concentration restrictions pertaining to its use.

Amylopectin references

  • Carbohydrate Polymers, November 2022, ePublication
  • Polymers, March 2022, pages 1–22
  • Molecules, June 2021, 1–16

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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