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Dimethicone

| [dī-me-thi-kōn] |

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, Silicones

Dimethicone Skin Benefits:
Astringent
Moisturizing
Soothing

Dimethicone is a man-made, silicone molecule that possesses excellent emollient properties. Topical application of dimethicone can form a protective barrier that can help to improve moisture-retention, thus increasing skin-hydration. Dimethicone skin benefits may also include skin-soothing and astringent properties. 1 Furthermore, due to its large chemical structure, certain forms of dimethicone, such as dimethicone PEG or PPG, are used as emulsifiers to provide skincare products with a uniformly smooth, silky texture. When paired with certain slip agents, dimethicone (PEG or PPG) can serve as a viable solution stabilizer.  For this reason, cosmetic formulas frequently infuse dimethicone for skin spreadability purposes. 2

  1. Beeckman, D. et al. A 3-in-1 perineal care washcloth impregnated with dimethicone 3% versus water and pH neutral soap to prevent and treat incontinence-associated dermatitis: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing 38.6, 627-634 (2011)
  2. Dietz, T. A novel silicone-based O/W emulsifier with skin smoothing sensation. Cosmetics and toiletries 117.5, 71-81 (2002)