Cetyl Dimethicone



Cetyl Dimethicone description

Cetyl dimethicone is a silicone polymer that plays multiple roles in cosmetics. It can be a foam-reducing agent, emollient, emulsifier, and occlusive (meaning it prevents water loss but does not suffocate skin).

Cetyl Dimethicone references

  • Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 2016, pages 173-178
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 2, 2003, pages 11-35
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 509-518

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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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