Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer



Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer at a glance

  • Used as a texture-enhancing ingredient and film former in cosmetic formulations
  • May also be used as “microspheres” to gently release potent active ingredients into skin
  • Touted for its absorbent properties that temper shine on oily skin
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel

Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer description

Methyl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer is used as a texture-enhancing ingredient, film former, and/or absorbent in cosmetic formulations (including skin care and makeup). Methyl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer can also be used as porous microspheres (referred to as Microsponge® technology) to provide gradual release of active ingredients into the skin. This essentially helps potent ingredients work more gently on skin and can improve the stability of the formula. Additionally, Microsponge® technology with methyl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer is touted for its ability to absorb excess oil and temper greasy-looking shine on skin. Methyl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer was evaluated by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, who reaffirmed its safe use in cosmetic formulas. Their 2019 report surveyed products using concentrations between 0.39-1.6% of this ingredient.

Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer references

  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, January 2019, pages 1-42
  • Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, August 2012, pages 155-167
  • International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, September 2011, pages 3,069-3,080

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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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