Today’s topic is on dimethicone. I’m going to be sharing everything there is to know about dimethicone, what it is, why it’s used, what products contain the ingredient and whether it’s safe or dangerous to use. Those that purchase skin care products have certainly come in contact with this ingredient at one point or another. Most people don’t even realize that a product contains this ingredient until they really investigate the health and beauty products that they use.
What Is Dimethicone?
Dimethicone is an emulsifier that is also commonly known as PDMS, which is short for polydimethylsiloxane. It’s a silicone oil that is often added to health and beauty products. It’s also a well-known food additive and is used for various industrial related activities. Dimethicone helps keep ingredients from separating. It’s also known to be a fantastic moisturizer. This is one of the main reasons why you will see this ingredient being used throughout the manufacturing process of creating skin care products.
Dimethicone also does a good job at helping your skin retain moisture and assists in making the skin more flexible. There are known side effects for those that might use products which contain dimethicone. The good news is that there are not very many cases and the risk is extremely low. Side effects such as allergic reactions, swelling, basic irritation and even redness can occur. Like I mentioned, it’s not very common for these side effects to occur.
Using Dimethicone In Hair Products
Almost every single one of us uses at least one product that contains dimethicone. Products such as hair conditioner, shampoo, and other hair products contain it. Dimethicone is added to these products to help keep ingredients mixed well. Thus, it helps keep the product performing better by keeping the ingredients mixed well enough so when applied, the product can be evenly distributed in a better manner. For those of you that might have curly hair, snarls or tangling issues, dimethicone is your best friend. The chemical makes it much easier to comb your hair.
From a safety perspective, the chemical is listed as being safe by the FDA. The only restriction that seems to be listed is for those with oily hair. The FDA recommends that one restricts the use of products which contain dimethicone if they have oily hair because it may further weigh things down or make it look greasy.
Use In Skin Care Products
If you use skin care products then you’ve used something that contains this chemical. I’m pretty certain about that. Products such as moisturizers that treat dry skin contain this chemical. It’s often present in products that work to minimize skin irritations and rashes. The chemical coats the skin which does a good job, from a moisturizing perspective. It also helps lock in moisture while coating the skin to further protect it. This makes it a great candidate for products which are applied to help heal an area of your skin. The chemical can be found in a number of types of skin care products such as eye cream, under eye concealers, moisturizing cream, night cream and more. It’s also used in makeup to make products easier to spread.
Dimethicone has literally been used in the manufacturing process to create skin care products and hair supplies for literally years. It’s not a new chemical that we’ve just discovered. Have been used for years, the problems reported are significantly low. I’m not saying that they don’t exist. I’m just saying that it’s not all that common for reports to have surfaced stating people have had issues due to dimethicone. However, as previously stated, if an individual does have an issue or reaction to the product, it’s likely due to their sensitivity and can typically result in redness, minor swelling, and irritation. If it happens, the product which contains the chemical should no longer be used and you should have a professional dermatologist look at the issue.
The strange thing is that in severe cases of extreme sensitivity, there have been reports that state the use of creams containing dimethicone has caused severe dryness. Sounds funny because it’s supposed to do the exact opposite. While no medical issues are a laughing matter, it’s rather ironic that the introduction of a chemical meant to do one thing does the exact opposite to someone. The most important thing to understand here is that when you see an issue, seek help immediately and investigate it. Don’t wait until matters get worse!