Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer



No known benefits

Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer at a glance

  • Blend of silicone polymers
  • Functions as a thickening agent and texture enhancer
  • Typically used in amounts between 0.1-20%
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics

Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer description

Vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer is a synthetic blend of silicone polymers that functions as a thickening agent and texture enhancer. It’s considered a silicone elastomer since it can significantly improve glide as you apply skin care products formulated with this ingredient. It lends a beautiful, powder-smooth finish to cosmetics. It is typically used in amounts between 0.1–20%, with amounts up to 0.6% common in rinse-off products. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has deemed vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer safe as used in cosmetics.

Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer references

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2020, pages 2650-2655
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2014, pages 65S-115S

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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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