Isopropyl Myristate



Isopropyl Myristate description

Isopropyl myristate is a texture enhancer and emollient as used in cosmetics. There is also research showing it can help enhance the absorption of ingredients in a cosmetic formula. Isopropyl myristate is often called out as being a particularly bad pore-clogging ingredient; however, this assessment comes from dated research that doesn’t apply to how this ingredient is used in today’s cosmetics.

Isopropyl Myristate references

  • Journal of Cosmetology and Trichology, November 2015, ePublication
  • Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2012, pages 200-207>

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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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Not Rated