Isopropyl Myristate

I’m willing to bet that you’ve used products that contain isopropyl myristate at one time or another. Chances are that you’ve used this ingredient without even knowing that it’s in the product. That’s because so few people actually read the product labels and inserts accompanying product packaging. There are so many products out there that contain harmful ingredients, you have no idea just how many are truly terrible for your skin. So many of them end up as ‘additives” in both personal care products and skin products.

The good news is that isopropyl myristate is not one of the harmful ingredients that we seldom bash here on This one is considered to be pretty safe overall. In fact, you’ll find it in many products throughout the industry such as body lotions, sunscreens, deodorants, conditioners, and many types of moisturizers.

Although this is a relatively safe ingredient, there are side effects that some people end up dealing with which are most likely caused by other skin care product ingredients.

isopropyl myristate bottleMore On Isopropyl Myristate and How It’s Used

There are so many reasons why a skin care company might use or incorporate isopropyl myristate into their formula. One of the main or most common reasons that companies include this in their formulas is to help better moisturize your skin. See, this is what’s known as an emollient and it helps improve your natural moisture barrier. As a result, you’ll likely see that your skin is better hydrated and moisture loss is much less of a problem than it previously was.

Many formulas that incorporate a high amount of oil use this to help improve the texture of products. See, when a product contains lots of oil-based ingredients, it can leave a greasy feeling on the skin. Incorporating isopropyl myristate helps cut down on the greasiness. Consumers don’t want to deal with that greasy feeling, yet they want the added protection that the oils bring. This gives you the best of both worlds. It essentially makes products feel silky smooth and less like a greasy messy residue.

Another added benefit of incorporating this ingredient into a formula is texture improvement, making it thicker overall. A denser cream can feel better on the skin and even though it may not help improve the product overall, it does help provide a more enjoyable experience for many consumers out there.

Last but not least, the ingredient is said to have super strong penetrating capabilities. As a result, it’s likely that this can help your skin heal better and penetrate even deeper than if one were not incorporating it into their formula.

Which Product Types Include This Ingredient

There are so many products out there that incorporate the use of isopropyl myristate today. It’s commonly used in many personal and beauty care products. You’ll find the ingredient displayed on shampoo labels, lip glosses, aftershaves, sunscreens, moisturizers, diaper creams and many more products.

Let me give you a better idea as to what likely contains this ingredient. Many eye serums and face serums in general likely contain this ingredient.

There’s actually a specific eye cream made by RoC which contains isopropyl myristate and it’s called RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream.

Side Effects Of Using This Ingredient

As you know, there are chances of side effects coming about no matter what product you choose to try out, especially when it comes to skin and cosmetics!

Many people have reported some minor irritation issues (specifically around areas such as the lips and eyes) and other areas where skin might be thinner than usual.

The irritation that people typically get from this is most likely due to the penetrating of other chemicals that have been added to the formula, not the isopropyl myristate itself.

Some have mentioned that using products containing this ingredient can cause your pores to clog. As a result, sebum and bacteria may build up, leaving it unpleasant and with breakouts. I cannot verify this side effect, so please take this with a grain of salt.

See also: What Is Sebum?

Ingredient Alternatives

Some companies prefer to not use this ingredient for many reasons. There are so many ingredients that can be used as an alternative to this one described above. Just as an example, there are many that companies use instead of using this one such as olive oil, beeswax, and even lanolin. Another common alternative is something called tetrasodium EDTA. If you’re looking to avoid isopropyl myristate, then might I suggest searching for those I’ve just mentioned instead.

Where To Buy Products Containing Isopropyl Myristate

If you’re interested in finding products that contain this ingredient, you won’t have to look very far for them. Honestly, you can literally just head down to the local Walgreens, CVS, Sephora, or even the local grocery store and chances are you’ll find something that contains this ingredient. Nearly every sunscreen that I’ve ever used contains isopropyl myristate.

I’d be willing to guess that more than 50% of the skin care products listed on Amazon contain this ingredient as well. Having spent more than a thousand hours investigating products on Amazon alone, I know exactly what I’m talking about, trust me. Before you buy any skin care product, it’s important that you know what you’re using on your skin. If you’re planning on buying from a shady site like Backpage or Craigslist, then you’ll be super sorry I can promise you that! I’ve had my fair share of scams over the years and you can never be too safe when buying products online. Use precaution when shopping anywhere online other than the official company website.

Related article: Skin Care Scams


Before you purchase any product, you should put forth the effort to inspect the ingredients and see if this one is listed on the label. If so, you’ll want to approach your dermatologist asking his opinion on both the ingredient and other ingredients within the product as well.

Isopropyl Myristate
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