PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether



PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether at a glance

  • Blend of polypropylene glycol + methyl glucose derivatives
  • Helps soften and smooth skin and hair
  • Excellent hydrating ingredient due to its humectant (water-binding) properties
  • Can be used to enhance the texture of cosmetic formulas

PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether description

PPG-20 methyl glucose ether is a blend of polypropylene glycol and methyl glucose derivatives that helps soften and smooth skin and hair. It is considered an excellent hydrating ingredient due to its humectant (water-binding) properties. It is sometimes used to enhance the texture of cosmetic formulas. According to suppliers of PPG-20 methyl glucose ether, it comes as a pale yellow, medium-viscosity liquid in its raw material form and is obtained from corn. In 2016, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded PPG-20 methyl glucose ether is a safe cosmetic ingredient. Suppliers of this ingredient recommend usage levels range from 0.1% to 5%, depending on application and amount of moisturisation desired.

PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed October 2021, ePublication 
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2016, pages 12S-40S

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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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