Cyclomethicone description

Cyclomethicone is a silicone that is used to improve the aesthetics of a formula (its dry finish can help make moisturisers feel less greasy).

Cyclomethicone references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, December 2011, pages 149S-227S
  • Journal of Sensory Studies, April 2008, pages 149-161

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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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