Sodium Dextran Sulfate


Suspending/dispersing agent

No known benefits

Sodium Dextran Sulfate at a glance

  • Suspending agent
  • Ruled safe as used in makeup and skin care
  • Maximum usage concentration is 0.5% in leave-on products
  • White powder in its raw form

Sodium Dextran Sulfate description

Sodium dextran sulfate is a suspending agent used in cosmetics formulations. In its raw form, it is a water-soluble white powder. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled sodium dextran sulfate safe as used in makeup and skin care. It is used in concentrations up to 0.5% in leave-on cosmetics.

Sodium Dextran Sulfate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, July 2016, pages 5S-49S

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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