Glucose at a glance

  • Plant-derived sugar used as a humectant
  • Adds flavor to lip balms and facial cleansers
  • Works as a prebiotic to support skin’s microbiome
  • Also known as dextrose

Glucose description

Glucose is a natural sugar that’s often obtained for cosmetics via the breakdown of various natural starches, which are also carbohydrates. Helps bind moisture to skin, adds flavour to lip products, and is part of many saccharides that work as prebiotics.

Glucose references

  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, March 2020, pages 1–13
  • Foods, March 2019, pages 1–27
  • Nature Medicine, May 2018, pages 617–627
  • Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, September 2003, pages 1,224–1,228

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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