Microcrystalline Wax


Texture enhancer

No known benefits

Microcrystalline Wax description

Microcrystalline wax is a plastic-type, highly refined wax derived from petroleum and purified for use in cosmetics. Used as a thickener and to give products a semi-solid to solid smooth texture.

Microcrystalline Wax references

  • Journal of The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, October 2019, ePublication
  • Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, February 2018, ePublication
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2011, pages 263-268

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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