PEG-14 at a glance

  • Functions as a humectant to increase skin’s hydration
  • May also be used as a solvent to mesh ingredients cohesively
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel
  • With any PEG ingredient followed by a number, the lower the number, the lighter weight the ingredient

PEG-14 description

PEG-14 is a synthetic ingredient that functions as a humectant and solvent in skin care formulations. In other words, it can help boost skin’s hydration while also making a formula’s ingredients mesh more cohesively while improving the texture. PEG stands for polyethylene glycol. With any PEG ingredient followed by a number, the lower the number, the lighter the ingredient. Thus, PEG-14 will feel much lighter on skin than, say, PEG-200. PEG-14 has many derivatives such as PEG-14M, PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG-14 Oleate, and PEG-14 Stearate. Each offers its own unique properties. In 2010, PEG-14 was deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.

PEG-14 references

  •, Accessed August 2021, ePublication
  • Toxicological Research, June 2015, pages 105–136
  • The Cosmetic Ingredient Review, June 2010, pages 1-49

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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