PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer



No known benefits

PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer at a glance

  • Film-forming agent in the waterless phase of a cosmetic formula
  • Helps create gel textures that spread easily
  • High amounts used to provide hold to hairstyling products
  • Comes as a white powder in its raw material form

PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer description

PVM/MA decadiene crosspolymer is a complex synthetic polymer whose primary role is film-forming agent in the waterless phase of a cosmetic formula. This ingredient also helps thicken gels and in higher amounts can provide hold to hairstyling products. According to UL Prospector (a hub of cosmetic ingredient suppliers of PVM/MA decadiene crosspolymer), it comes as a white powder in its raw material form and its “shear-thinning properties allow strong gels with quick break for processing, spreading and dispensing.” It is typically used in amounts of 2% or less, as these amounts have proven to be non-sensitising on human skin. The very large molecular size of PVM/MA decadiene crosspolymer keeps it firmly on skin’s surface.

PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer references

  • UL Propector, Accessed September 2021, ePublication
  • BioMed Research International, November 2013, pages 1–10
  • International Journal of Toxicology, October 2011, pages 128S–144S

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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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