Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer



No known benefits

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer at a glance

  • A type of silicone powder
  • Used to give products a silky feel
  • Has some oil absorption properties
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics and is unable to penetrate skin

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer description

Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer is a silicone powder that gives cosmetic products a silky feel and has some oil absorption properties. It is often paired with pure dimethicone, a silicone that has documented protective and hydrating properties. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel found dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer is safe as used in skin care products. Its review determined that the size of this ingredient’s molecules is not able to penetrate skin. It was also not found to be irritating or sensitizing even in concentrations exceeding 45%.

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 33, Supplement 2, 2014, pages 65S–115S
  • https://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/dimethiconevinyl-dimethicone-crosspolymer
  • https://www.brbstkimyasal.com/down/crosspolymers-customizing-sensory-feel.pdf

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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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