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Silicone and its Benefits on Skin

Silicone is a versatile compound that has many uses, ranging from light oils, gels to waxes used in skin and hair care, and makeup. Silicones are polymers, which are large molecules made up of many sub-units. These polymers are made up of siloxane — a chain of alternating silicone atoms and oxygen atoms combined with carbon and/or hydrogen.

Silicone is used in a variety of ways, and in many applications. They can be texturizers to improve the feel of your skin care. They’re used in makeup, sunscreen, cosmetics and other areas. Silicone is considered chemically stable so it’s safe to use and is likely not toxic. Because of this, silicone is used in cosmetic and surgical implants to increase certain body parts like the breasts and the buttocks. 

One of the most common types of silicones found in skin care products is dimethicone, which helps smooth skin by filling in the spaces between the dead skin cells. It’s also a skin protectant. Dimethicone is popular in products like primers and moisturizers since it lends a silky texture and enhances a topical product’s (similar to SilcSkin’s Hand & Body Treatment) ability to spread smoothly and evenly. Silicone is a great ingredient to use when applied topically to the skin, especially for those who have dry or sensitive skin. It’s a viable alternative to applications that contain mineral oils or petrolatum. However it should be noted that silicone containing products would only be applied to clean skin. If sweat, oils, dirt or other substances are on the skin, silicone can trap them against the skin, possible leading to breakouts.

There are many advantages to silicone on the skin, and its ability to enhance the texture of products is one of silicone’s most beloved benefits. Silicone helps provide the skin with a silky smooth matte finish. Silicones have the ability to protect skin and act as an occlusive, sealing in moisture. It does this by creating a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss and traps moisture. Hydration is important in helping skin heal from things like surgeries, burns and cuts, Studies have shown that Dimethicone can reduce the appearance of scars, including superficial, hypertrophic, and keloid scars. Dimethicone can also help control the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  While silicone has occlusive properties, it’s non-comedogenic (tends not to clog pores) and non-acnegnic (not likely to cause acne). 

Are there any side effects to silicone? While there do not seem to be harmful effects to most people, those with acne may want to consult with their doctor or dermatologist. A spot test would be beneficial to make certain there are no adverse reactions.