Dimethicone is a cosmetic ingredient frequently found in your skincare products and makeup primers. It’s often a misunderstood ingredient, so we are going to take a closer look at it and clear up any misconceptions or myths you might have heard.
What Is Dimethicone?
Dimethicone is a silcone-based polymer, which is frequently used in beauty products. It is used because of the smooth, even finish it provides on the skin. Perfect for the flawless looking base you expect from your makeup primers!
Is It Safe?
This is where the confusion often lies! Many think that Dimethicone blocks the skin not allowing it to breathe but this isn’t true! It actually provides a barrier which is breathable and also doesn’t let excess water escape. Which means your skin will remain hydrated and the makeup you love keeps it’s non-comedogenic status.
It is also FDA approved as being safe to use in personal care products and has an incredibly low allergic reaction rate (just 1 in 100,000). The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) also looked at the research carried out and came to the conclusion that it is safe for use in cosmetics.
Which Ingredients Should I Avoid?
If you are concerned about a product blocking your pores keep an eye out for the following ingredients:
- Isopropyl Isostearate
- Myristyl Myristate
- Acetylated Lanolin
- Coconut butter/oil
- Cocoa butter