Glyceryl Polymethacrylate


Film-Forming Agent

No known benefits

Glyceryl Polymethacrylate at a glance

  • Blend of glycerine and polymethacrylic acid
  • Functions as a film-forming agent
  • Used to enhance the texture and application of skin care products
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics

Glyceryl Polymethacrylate description

Glyceryl polymethacrylate is a blend of glycerine and polymethacrylic acid that functions as a film-forming agent. Its smooth finish enhances product texture and application of many skin care products and plays a role in how the product feels once it sets on skin. Studies have found that it is safe as used in cosmetics, where it is commonly part of blends that also include water, various glycols, algae, peptides, and texture enhancers such as corn starch and PEGs. These blends may be used in concentrations up to 80%, depending on formulary needs and desired aesthetics.

Glyceryl Polymethacrylate references

  • Express Polymer Letters, 2019, Vol. 13 Issue 9, page 806-817
  • Cochrane Database Systemic Review, February 2017, ePublication
  • International Journal of Bioassays, 2013, pages 1174-1179

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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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