The Truth Behind The Common Cosmetics Ingredient, Dimethicone

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You may have seen it on the ingredient list of your shampoo, conditioner, cream, lotion, foundation, or makeup primer—dimethicone. What is this ingredient, and should you avoid it?

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.

Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin. Dimethicone also helps form a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in the fine lines and wrinkles on the face, which is why it’s often used in makeup primers.

Is Dimethicone Safe?

The FDA has approved the use of dimethicone as a skin protectant ingredient in over-the-counter products, and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel has assessed it as safe to use in personal care products. Some studies have found it to soothe and help improve chronic hand dermatitis, and to help reduce inflammation and irritation. The Skin Deep Database also lists it has have a low hazard risk.

For me, though, this is not a good ingredient to be using in your daily skin care. Like petroleum products, silicone oils can actually make dry skin worse over time. Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of skin.

Why Dimethicone is Bad for Your Skin

That artificial coating on the outside of skin causes several issues:

  • It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads
  • The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
  • Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
  • On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment

I also believe that using these types of ingredients on your skin can actually exacerbate skin aging. Why?

  • You’re inhibiting skin’s natural processes
  • You’re creating a dependency on the coating product, disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes, which in the end increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable
  • The coating properties may increase breakouts, particularly if you’re susceptible to acne, which will lead to scars and older-looking skin
  • You’re doing nothing to boost the health and vitality of the skin, thus letting aging take its toll

Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)

To avoid this ingredient, stay away from all dimethicone and similar ingredients like cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone.

What do you think of dimethicone?  Has it caused you to break out? Please share.

Sources:

Fowler JF Jr., “Efficacy of a skin-protective foam in the treatment of chronic hand dermatitis,” Am J Contact Derm 2000 Sep; 11(3):165-9.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11012005?dopt=Abstract

Dimethicone. Truth in Aging. January 1, 2006. http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/dimethicone

Material Safety Data Sheet, Poly(dimethylsiloxane), May 14, 1999. http://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/95130.htm

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  • Your Inner Bliss

    Thanks for this article, natural skincare is something I am becoming increasingly aware about! The less you understand the ingredients list, the more chance you’re using something synthetic. Love your skin!

  • Phyllis

    I used a srub with Dimethicone and now I have an acne breakout that is refusing to go away-am distraught I dont know what to do- i have never had acne before and need advise on what I can use to clear away the acne.

  • AP

    I have to avoid all products with dimethicone in any form. If i do accidentally use it then I end up with a debilitating migraine, vomiting, slurred speech and blurred vision. The most recent time it happened, my husband was ready to take me to the emergency room. This happened because I bought some makeup that did not list all of the ingredients on the packaging. When I looked at the website later dimethicone was one of the “inactive” ingredients.

  • Daniel Gomez

    Are you eating these products?

  • Herb & Root

    Hi!
    Thanks for the awesome article. I linked to you in my blog:
    http://blog.herbandroot.com/2014/09/04/3-common-skincare-ingredients-that-cause-acne/

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Julia!
    Be Well Coach Laura

  • Allergic

    I was recently diagnosed with Allergic Contact Dermatitis. I have spent hours looking up ingredients on labels. Why is so many dangerous chemicals allowed in these products.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of hard to trust a doc who puts down a product and offers his own. Conflict of interest anyone?

  • Lucy

    Thank you for writing this article. What are your thoughts on using hair products with this in? I would ideally like to cut out all synthetics from my hair routine but the hair product I have is the only thing that detangles my hair at the moment (so Im going to stick with it for a while I think). I only use it on the ends of my hair (which doesnt really touch my skin) so I’m hoping this type of usage may be less ‘bad’. Thanks

  • Of all the things a Dr. can do to make money, I highly doubt one would pursue the extraordinarily expensive and risky route of launching a skincare line unless he/she had solid reason/logic to do so (unless he/she is already famous enough that his/her name itself would sell the product). His/her claims re: dimethicone and taking the time to explain why/how it interferes with the physiology of the skin makes me willing to give his/her products a shot.

  • Thank you for your expert weigh in on Dimethicone as a skincare ingredient. Personally, I have identified a link between skin congestion (breakouts) and using skincare and haircare that contains Dimethicone. The only exception has been using Elta mineral SPF’s with Dimethicone, and then using 3 step cleansing/exfoliating process to remove all traces from skin. Ironically, Dimethicone seems to be widely used in skin primers for acne/oily prone skin and most haircare. For all those suffering skin and scalp issues, I’ve had tremendous luck with John Masters Organics haircare – silicone free and great performance. It seems the Dimethicone issues are only experienced by some of us–perhaps those of us with preexisting keratin issues (keratosis pilaris, comedones, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis…)

  • The_Holy_Bible _Is_The_Way

    Its in McDonald’s french fries, so if you eat those nasty things, then yes, you are eating dimethicone!

  • Gob Bluth

    yumyum I EAT ALL THE SHAMPOOS

  • Lorenacha K’uychiy

    you absorb them through your skin. your skin is porous.

  • Daniel Gomez

    Not that porous. Dimethicone can’t cross the skin’s cell membrane because it’s too big. It literally sits on top of your skin. It’s like covering your body in plastic to prevent moisture from escaping your pores.

  • Ivona

    In the cold months, my hands get very dry, and the skin breaks and bleeds. I bought Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with dimethicone skin protectant. My hands started burning, itching, and swelling within seconds of putting lotion on them.

  • Ivona

    My skin felt softer but I also instantly felt burning sensation, it got itchy, and swelled.

  • Japa Kaur Khalsa
  • H.A

    The hundreds of testimonials all over the internet confirm why Dimethicone and all synthetic silicones are so damaging to the skin. They may feel ‘nice’ when tested on the skin (think of that Argan Oil hair product which is mostly silicones)!! however over time actually cause all sorts of problems including DRY hair and skin and sensitivites. Anyone who has used a skin or hair care product containing them can certainly vouch for this. I think the only people giving them credit are the ones that use them in their products. People like Paulas Skincare.

  • Amanda

    #1 Dimethicone is NOT a dangerous chemical!!! As a cosmetic chemist and formulator of many skin care brands, I use BOTH dimethicone and other silicone blends along with natural oils and esters.A good formulator knows how to balance. A bunch of natural oils isn’t good for your skin. I could name a list of “natural” oils that cause breakouts AND allergic reactions. Its never good to use ONLY silicone or ONLY natural oil, but a proper balance of each.

  • Audacious

    I have had chronic itching and hives since I was 10 years old, so for 40 years now. NOTHING that was prescribed helped in the least. Zyrtec did get rid of the aquagenic hives but did nothing for the other hives or the random itching that would happen over large portions of my body……. like from the waist down. Antihistamines didn’t work, cortizone creams didn’t work, oral prednisone didn’t work….. The itching is so intense that it often keeps me from sleeping or wakes me up at 2am. The only thing that makes it go away is cold. VERY cold. Ice packs, but it takes awhile to apply an ice pack to half of your body so I resort to showers as cold as I can get them and in Wisconsin in the winter that is pretty fucking cold. And 2am ice showers suck….. but not worse than writhing in bed unable to sleep all night. So 2 weeks ago I’m at the Walgreens with my daughter and I’m looking at the lotions yet again, even though the recently purchased Gold Bond Medicated for itchy skin didn’t do shit…. I start looking at the Aveeno Naturals….. Lots of oatmeal, few chemicals I can’t pronounce, but it does have dimethicone which I know nothing about….. I buy a bottle assuming it will join all the others in the lotion graveyard…. That night I applied to my body. Then I went to bed. Then I woke up at 9am the next morning. Maybe it was a fluke….. so again that night I applied it all over and went to bed, and again I slept all night. As I have every single night for the last 2 weeks. I am a person who is extremely sensitive to chemicals, I am very careful with my diet…. just last week I learned that I am sensitive to Stevia…. I had hoped for a sweetener that I could use but no luck….. But if this dimethicone has anything to do with controlling the itch that has been uncontrolled for 40 years, I will fall to my knees and profusely thank whoever decided to put it in lotion.

  • Kip

    Repesctfully, how do you keep the products completely off your body when rinsing from your hair?
    Not safe.

  • boop

    Because they are not dangerous drama-mama, it says so right up there.

  • Mr. America

    Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)

  • Mr. America

    Of course, the article writer has her/his own products for skin care!! How convenient. lol.

  • mindykatz

    avon has this in most of their products unfortunately. i got some and decided to lok up the ingredients.. wont be buying it again..

  • Gary Delavergne

    Try spaying unpasturized apple cider vinger on the affected area

  • Joe

    Perhaps a better use of dimethocone is as an emollient in the creation of Kinetic Sand. No adverse cosmetic effects there!

  • 2007 Brittney

    LOLZ!!

  • KatieTC

    I have used a new make up that contains dimethicone for the past 12 months. After suffering with acne for 14 years my skin is now (ATLAST) as flawless as when I was born! The reason is my skin can breathe, the make up is non-comedegenic so it’s not clogging or blocking my skin. So, sorry, but I have to disagree.

  • Ebony

    If its in skin and makeup products like lip balm and lipstick, it can be ingested.

  • William Miller 29

    Amen

  • Breezy

    That’s the same thing that happened to me! The itching and redness was awful!

  • Andrew Hicks

    You can find hundreds of people with negative reactions to almost anything. Additionally, cosmetics with dimethicone are usually loaded with other chemicals, both natural and synthetic, so it can be hard to be know just what is causing the problem.

    One example is the number of people who have allergic reactions to vitamin E. Very few, if any, people are actually allergic to vitamin E which is essential to health, however many people are allergic to wheat or soy which are common sources of natural vitamin E, and these soy or wheat allergens are contaminants in vitamin E made from wheat or soy. In this case synthetic vitamin E, whilst not normally as good as natural E is actually better simply because it doesn’t contain the allergenic contaminants.

    As you can see from Audacious’ earlier post, there are some people who get a lot of relief from products containing Dimethicone. Is the Dimethicone the “miracle ingredient”? Not enough data, however it certainly doesn’t seem to be making them any worse.

    As for this article, I find many of it’s arguments somewhat spurious. E.g. “The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.” – 1) if dimethicone really blocked sweating heavy sweaters would develop blisters of sweat under the dimethicone – haven’t heard of that happening, 2) OK, in theory any oily coating could block sweat from evaporating for temperature regulation, but again I haven’t heard of that happening, 3) Most sloughing of skin cells nowadays is facilitated by washing or clothes – dimethicone won’t make much difference here. Prior to modern hygiene, and in really cold climates, people would go for a week without washing and build up a natural oily coating. About the only coating I’ve ever heard of preventing skin from sloughing is a cast (for broken bones etc.).

  • Cindi Conners
  • Veronika

    I also get migraines if I use dimethicone (and other silicones) on my face or scalp. The coating it leaves behind makes my head overheat, which triggers a migraine. I know it sounds funny and highly unlikely to most people, but I’d rather avoid silicones and be mocked than use them and suffer.

  • sam

    If the skin is water porous then people will die from salt poisoning when they swimming in the ocean or bathing in dirty water.
    This is a bullshit doctor behind this site. I like to see evidence of medical training. Most likely the fiction Dr Frank Lipman is lying psychopath who doesn’t exist any one who believe her/him to their detriment.
    Dimethicone is easily washed out of your skin, it actual rubs off (Viscous nature of large polymar) , most people that use these products do shower daily and there for remove these large polymers. sunscreen is zinc bi polymers which can protect you from skin cancer.
    There has been more then 100 studies showing no absorption of Dimethicone through skin contact.
    The FDA do their job and regulate well, using non FDA approved product is dangerous.
    A doctor advising otherwise is lying Dr for financial angle or gain.

  • I think it is wise to avoid all synthetic ingredients. If you would not eat it, do not apply to skin. Thanks for the info.

  • PuppyShark

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  • SB

    The same thing has been happening with my skin. Can you please tell me what did you do? Like what was the problem and how it got better?

  • SB

    The same thing has been happening with my skin. Can you please tell me what did you do? Like what was the problem and how it got better?

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Stephanie

    If you put on a good moisturizer, then a product with dimethicone, won’t that help to keep the moisture in? It’s not like I’m using the dimethicone product AS my moisturizer…

  • Dominique Storni

    Sure wish the author would have offered alternative and safe replacements for dimethicone.

  • ce bee

    It might be that a form of it is in the oil of the fries (and chicken nuggets too)

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JjeELXiLfkUJ:www.fooducate.com/product/McDonald%2520s%2520Large%2520French%2520Fries/F12BD488-E6CF-11E1-83D2-1231381BA074+&cd=12&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Contains dimethylpolysiloxane

    Dimethylpolysiloxane is
    an anti-foaming agent used in oil when frying. It’s a type of silicon
    and is found in many non-food items, like Silly Putty and cosmetics.
    But is it safe to eat?

    According to the FDA, the World Health Organization and other
    researchers, this chemical is perfectly safe to eat.

    According to FDA regulations, formaldehyde (a carcinogen) may be used
    “as a preservative in defoaming agents containing dimethylpolysiloxane”

    However, when choosing chicken patties and other pre-fried foods, choose
    those without added chemicals. Even better, swap pre-fried foods (like
    chicken patties) for non-fried versions (grilled chicken breast). You
    can have all the convenience, without the chemicals or added fat from
    frying.

    —-
    Sources:

    Łukasiak J, Falkiewicz B. A mistake in the JECFA recommendations on
    polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Food Addit Contam. 2000;17(11):945-6.

    Nair B; Cosmetic Ingredients Review Expert Panel. Final report on the
    safety assessment of stearoxy dimethicone, dimethicone, methicone, amino
    bispropyl dimethicone, aminopropyl dimethicone, amodimethicone,
    amodimethicone hydroxystearate, behenoxy dimethicone, C24-28 alkyl
    methicone, C30-45 alkyl methicone, C30-45 alkyl dimethicone, cetearyl
    methicone, cetyl dimethicone, dimethoxysilyl ethylenediaminopropyl
    dimethicone, hexyl methicone, hydroxypropyldimethicone, stearamidopropyl
    dimethicone, stearyl dimethicone, stearyl methicone, and
    vinyldimethicone. Int J Toxicol. 2003;22 Suppl 2:11-35.

    CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21
    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.340

  • Angel

    Doubt it, Gomez. Apparently the human body can absorb chemicals through the skin. Who would have believed?! Just like hormone creams: Topically.

    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries women (and men) suffered lead poisoning as a result of the cosmetics in vogue at that time… Some even died.

    Wait! What was your point? Retard.

  • Professor K

    “If the skin is water porous then people will die from salt poisoning when they swimming in the ocean or bathing in dirty water.”

    Are you like…. seriously…?

  • Khadeeja Nicolle

    Just stop using anything with the ingredient all together. Use or make your own skin care by using Shea butter, coconut oil, rose hip oil, nut or avacado oils and essential oils for medicinal benefits & scent. You’d be way better off than buying commercially made skin care. I make all our products. Don’t trust the FDA!!! I buy most of the raw ingredients from Amazon or Whole Foods. Lots of recipes on http://www.wellnessmamma.com I create my own recipes but, go to her site for ideas & ingredient info. Best wishes. Hope your skin clears up.
    Sincerely,
    Nicolle
    [email protected]

  • parisfrance

    Nasty Dimethicone! Back to 100% natural(organic). Thank you for the (hard to find) explications. It confirms what i had noticed myself. Anytime i use a facial cream or body lotion with dimethicone, my skin feels smooth for the first few hours, then a burning and itchy dry feeling. awfull. Wonder if they use it so we’ll use more and more of their no-good creams…???

  • parisfrance

    A documentary(France) with a Mc D person speaking admitted adding silicone oïl in the natural oïl for using the oïl more times before changing for fresh.(not in EU/forbidden, in USA YES!) off course he said there’s no harm in eating their fr fries! bon appétit!

  • Linda Blair

    My dermatologist said olive oil with salt mixed in as a facial scrub.

  • Interesting! Thanks for sharing that Linda.

  • freejubilant

    Linda Blair the actress?

  • Read In Full

    Everybody has different types of skin. What works for one person may not work for the next.
    I have had very bad acne my whole life and have got many scares because of it. Nothing worked and I gave up hope. I tried home remedies, expensive care products, essential oils, and even Doctor prescribed medication. I cane across this stuff by E.L.F and the active ingredient in it is dimethicone, also listing meluceia, tea tree, and others. THIS product along with Nivea extra moisturizing lotion has cleared my skin up! I only get break outs when I get my period and just a couple (that only last a few days). Considering I would break out MASSIVELY during my period this said a lot. This combination works for me, but it may not work for you. E.L.F products are very cheap to buy and you would think it wouldn’t work, but it does. I also every once and a while get lazy and dont use it sometimes, but my face remains flawless and feeling great! I love it, and until I see otherwise I dont feel dimethicone is bad for your skin what-so-ever. This lady sounds like she picked on an active ingredient that lies in MANY cosmetic and facial products and bashed on it because it knocks out a lot of products being sold so that people will try hers because it may be one of few that dont have that ingredient. If you go look at hers though, she uses silicone dioxide and a couple alcohols in her products. Correct me if im wrong, but I dont want to put alcohol on my face, expecially if I were to have sensitive skin! OUCH!

  • aijiko

    Cyclomethicone is evaporative and does not stay on the skin. Lumping Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone together is tantamount to saying oil and alcohol are the same thing. This makes me question the validity of the entire article.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    LOL……Check your water. You should not be drinking shampoo to wash your hair and you should not drink fluoride to brush your teeth.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    The author states clearly……..

    “Much better to use nourishing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated naturally! (Speaking of, check out my new skin care line here!)”

    To avoid this ingredient, stay away from all dimethicone and similar ingredients like cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone.
    Don’t use other products with all the same ingredients….buy hers!

  • BBB

    Absolutely, I have found that most products containing dimethicone cause me to break out if applied to my face or hair. I am 43 and figured out it was dimethicone that caused big problems a few years ago. I now always remember to check facial products, but sometime I slip up on hair products. Both hair conditioners and styling products with dimethicone cause big, ugly pimples on my neck. I actually recently bought a new Dove conditioner that sounded great for my frizzy, curly hair, but after a couple uses, I got the dreaded huge neck zit. Then I looked at ingredients, and yep. It was in there. I also bought a philosophy face moisturizer last year for acne prone skin. I saw there was dimethicone in it, but I thought the salysilic acid and other good ingredients in this expensive purchase would trump that ingredient. It didn’t, and I was out $40.

  • Meshuganut

    It’s interesting that you are saying this. We live in a world that is commerce driven. As wonderful as it would be for someone to take the time to research, cross-check, write an article and post it on a blog that first had to be created, possibly registered for a domain with a fee etc, it is unrealistic to expect that that person would be investing all that time and money for your benefit without a benefit to themselves. Yes of course, we live in time when advertising is crafted very carefully and marketers spend tons of money on learning what makes us do the things we do, blogging is just a part of the big evil corporate profiteering. But think about it, why couldn’t a small business owner use the same tactics?
    Instead of pointing a finger and disregarding all of the useful information you were just given, you choose to shoot it down. But have you noticed that the writer lists references to actual scientific research published in very respected publications?
    You don’t need to write an apology here, although it would be the polite thing to do. But please do your due diligence and read and educate yourself a little more before you let poison out into the universe. You may be seriously hurting someone with uneducated opinions.

  • Deanna Bennett

    Common sense will dictate chemicals bad earth friendly good don’t b rude about it ALLERGIC try 100per cent PURE cosmetics !!

  • Deanna Bennett

    Salt is used to tan hides scratches your delecate skin try suger instead

  • Deanna Bennett

    Don’t b so nasty !!!! Were supposed to help “angel”

  • Coffee Drinker

    You shouldn’t wear cloths too.

  • Pandora Spocks

    Great plug at the end there for your skin care line. $49 for 2 fl oz of moisturizers, that’s great, just great. Not that I’m saying your points about dimethicone aren’t true, I imagine they are, but seriously, that is highway robbery. Thanks. I’ll figure out another way to use nourishing ingredients that help keep my skin hydrated naturally without having to work 5 or more hours just to pay for it.

  • Pandora Spocks

    Yeah, I would agree if the were not so exorbitantly priced.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    The FDA approved Aspartame and it’s a killer…might take a while but it will get you.

  • Lucy

    Hey, I have had migraines since 1992; it just occurred to me that I have been using Biolage products since that time as well – which all have dimethicone. My head gets so hot, i use ice packs to get relief. Did your headaches stop when you quit using dimethicone??? Please tell me soon.

  • Veronika

    Hi Lucy,

    Unfortunately my headaches didn’t stop completely, and my head still gets hot when I have a migraine (I use ice packs too). However, changing my beauty routine did reduce the frequency of my migraines. I avoid silicones and sulfates, as well as anything scented (essential oils included), as all of them appear to be triggers for me.

  • LeeBoe

    The responder is more than likely the author of this article.

  • LeeBoe

    Are you hoping to get out of this world alive?

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    I believe it is appointed unto all men to die….unless Jesus comes back for us during our lifetime. But, I know what you’re saying. My answer to you is the same as to some others who don’t care what they put into their bodies. Aspartame IS a killer….but so is real sugar…it’s in everything now. It’s a very, very, chemical world, and artificial sweeteners are packed–and processed food–and even food from the ground is treated with chemicals…then you brush your teeth with them, wash your body and your hair and your dishes with them. Women rub them into their skin, lips, eyes, as makeup

    My thinking is that I don’t know when my time on earth will be up, but I would like to be as healthy as possible while I’m here. If I had an accident and ended up cripple and in a wheel chair that’s one thing, but if I make myself sickly with overloads of chemicals and have a choice not to do that–then that’s another thing.

    I know lots of people who adopt the attitude that ‘you only live once’ so do whatever, eat whatever, and let whatever happen to your body, but every one of those people are weak people. It’s easier for them to say they don’t want to quit smoking or that they REALLY enjoy smoking, easier to say those things than to quit. People who are overweight just say they know they need to lose…but they usually don’t—but if they were to control themselves when they notice they have gained weight, they wouldn’t get obese…….”Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, fate or bad luck. But through scientific research, we know that our risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lives, many of which we can control.”
    Read more at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/can-cancer-be-prevented#1LY12j55QPAdRYJH.99

  • Jacine Greenwood

    Not true. 26 listed allergens and 16 come from mother nature.

  • Jacine Greenwood

    It is this thinking that allows sheep mentality. There is NO truth and I MEAN no truth to this. I am a chemist.

  • Jacine Greenwood

    If it is a true allergy you should get patch tested to confirm. You can’t assume it is Dimethicone. It is most likely the preservative

  • Jacine Greenwood

    It isn’t the Dimethicone. It is something else in there. Again another Cosmetic Chemist

  • Jacine Greenwood

    And none of the references have any relevance to the things he is saying are negative. No factual basis

  • Actually, I am a clincal skincare professional. I’ve worked alongside one of Canada’s very best cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and 3 well respected physicians who each specialize in skincare and skin health. So, great assumption, or were you trying to be sarcastic and facetious? That aside, you could be correct; it could be the combination of fatty esters + the occlusive properties of Dimethicone. Not all silicones are equal. Cyclomethicone doesn’t have the same persistent occlusive/barrier/film forming properties as Dimethicone.

  • Well said! A local physician I know has a theory about what makes some skin more prone to comedones than others: quality of sebum. He explained that the fatty acid of sebum can be improved (thinned out even) by taking high amounts of Omega 3’s, which are anti-inflammatory. Perhaps adding dimethicone to a skin that has naturally poorly balanced fatty acids just increases sebum’s clogging tendency, since dimethicone by itself is not comedogenic.

  • Low to non-comedogenic oils such as safflower (high linoleic acid version only – cosmetic grade, not food grade), argan, jojoba… I’ve had luck with Spectro Moisturizers (not the cleanser!) http://www.spectroskincare.com/#/skincare/ and Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly: https://ca.indeedlabs.com/products/hydraluron-moisturizer. John Masters Organics makes silicone free and sulfate free haircare (expensive, but last a long time).

  • Dimethicone won’t hurt you. It seems to only affect people who already have skin prone to clogging. People with dry skin seem to enjoy Dimethicone’s benefits. It isn’t actually toxic or anything. So, yes, it will help trap natural water content in your skin.

  • I use Paula’s Choice skincare, but not their moisturizer line because that’s where the silicones are used. Her exfoliators and toners are fantastic though! BHA exfoliants actually help unclog pores and improve overall skin texture.

  • Dimethicone isn’t actually toxic or unsafe. It just seems to contribute to comedones and breakouts for some people (people who typically break out easily, like me). So, if you aren’t experiencing breakouts on your scalp, hairline, back, shoulders or chest after a few months of using your favourite hair product containing dimethicone, you’re safe to continue using it. Dimethicone is not toxic! It is made from silica which is a component of sand, bamboo etc. It smoothes out the rough hair cuticle (detangling) with a light coating. There’s nothign quite like it for haircare. I love what it does for my hair, but I breakout badly if I use it.

  • Dimethicone isn’t actually unsafe. It’s not toxic whatsoever. It’s coating properties just seem to contribute to skin congestion in those of us who already have skin prone to clogging. It seems to contribute to our sebum’s plug-forming properties, but does;t actually clog on its own. It’s molecular size and structure actually prevents it from clogging or being absorbed into the bloodstream. People with dry skin seem to love it because it essentially traps naturally occuring water content in the skin. People like me with oily skin typically hate it because it traps our already sticky sebum, like putting a lid on a pore.

  • Some synthetics are safer than raw/natural ingredients. Many synthetics take a naturally occuring ingredient (such as Lavender Essential Oil, a natural chemical compound, for example) and remove it’s naturally occuring irrating components (terpene) and leave you with an end result that harnesses the beneficial effects of Lavender without the irritating, allergenic affects of its natural chemical composition.

  • It’s fine. It sounds scary, but it’s like taking silica tablets. Natural silica is what dimethicone is made from. Candy and Cool Whip has been using edible petroleums (Vaseline) in their products since the beginning. I worry more about consuming petro chemicals than I do about Dimethicone.

  • Yes! I love Cyclomethicone and can use it without a problem, whereas Dimethicone weighs my hair down and contributes to skin congestion. Thank you for defining the difference!

  • I feel your pain, Pandora! Try these: Spectro Moisturizers (about $7 – $9 ) http://www.spectroskincare.com and Indeed Labs Hydraluron Jelly (about $24 in Canada, but lasts several months if you use only a pea size amount) https://ca.indeedlabs.com/products/hydraluron-moisturizer or make your own skincare hydrating mist by mixing Distilled water with a few drops of Vegetable Glycerine in a skin-misting bottle. Mist your skin immediately after washing your face. Distilled water can be purchased at a grocery store for $2 – $3 a jug. And Vegetable Glycerine can be found at any health food store for about $5 – $9 a bottle. Both will last you years – long past their expiry dates. Start off by adding about 1/2 tablespoon of glycerine to 8 fluid ounces of distilled water. Shake and mist. You can use this to set makeup as well! If you need even more hydration, add another 1/2 tablespoon (adjust as needed). Don’t use too much glycerine though because it can feel sticky if you overdo it!

  • Jacine Greenwood

    Summer I suggest you join my group on Facebook. I am internationally renowned acne specialist. I am not only an Aesthetician I am a Chemist. I actually wrote an article on this because it peeved me so much.

    http://www.educatedtherapists.com/dimethicone-in-skin-care-separating-fact-from-fiction/

  • I appreciate the invitation, Jacine. I’d love to connect with you on Facebook. See you there!

  • Jacine Greenwood

    Facebook group is here.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/281760925303752/ I look forward to connecting with you :)

  • Jacine Greenwood

    I am so happy you found something. My son is an eczema sufferer and I know what it is like to have allergies being highly allergic myself. Wonderful news for you.

  • I joined! Question: where online may I purchase your skincare? I’m in Canada and would love to try it.

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  • Andrew Hicks

    I agree with most of what you said, however I take issue with some of your post.
    1) Nicotine is considered more addictive than heroin, so some people probably really do enjoy smoking, or at least the feelings they get from smoking relative to what they have in withdrawal.
    2) As a non-smoker with tobacco allergy who was severely affected by passive smoking, I know from personal experience that tobacco smoke can drain the willpower, which would make it even harder to quit. Since some allergies are subtle and can create an addictive response, it is likely that many smokers are affected by this effect, although not as severely as I was.
    3) “control themselves” is easier said than done – some people’s biochemistry makes it easy, for others it is almost impossible. If I’d had a tendency to overweight at the time I was most affected by passive smoking, I would have blown up like a balloon! This doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try – even small gains or slowing of defeats can be worthwhile, although one has to look at the whole picture in terms of quality of life. If you make your life hell obsessing over weight you can create depression, which makes it even harder to control your weight.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Yeah, unfortunately the FDA seems to have been corrupted by political appointments.
    I understand that the FDA originally rejected aspartame as unsafe, but then President Reagan appointed a new director who approved aspartame over the objections of his staff!
    The USA definitely needs more anti-corruption laws and investigative bodies.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Skin IS water porous! However there are different degrees of porosity. You can carry water in a porous unglazed china pot.
    Why do you think your skin gets wrinkled if you stay in the water too long?
    Moisturisers generally work by providing oil to reduce the porosity of the skin, so the body has more time to replace lost water, plus usually some moisture to replace moisture already lost.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Yes, the FDA probably do a reasonable job when not affected by powerful vested interests, but they’re far from perfect. If you’re ignorant then it’s best to avoid non-FDA approved products just to be safe.
    For years the FDA approved stevia as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) as a supplement, but refused to approve it as a sweetener because of pressure from vested interests who didn’t want it competing with artificial sweeteners.
    The trick is to know why the product is not FDA approved, do your due diligence, and make your own judgement.
    Mind you, using FDA approved product can be dangerous – It’s my understanding that Aspartame (nutrasweet) was initially rejected by the FDA, until President Reagan replaced the Director with one who approved despite staff objections.

  • Andrew Hicks

    1) Skin is not a perfect barrier – it can have microscopic breaks that are massive compared to Dimethicone.
    2) It’s practically impossible to make anything totally pure. The allergen may be a trace production contaminant that is much smaller and more reactive than dimethicone. Allergic reactions can happen at insanely small doses.
    3) It’s more like coating your skin with oil!

  • Andrew Hicks

    Ouch!

    Every body is different.

    You need to be extra vigilant to avoid Dimethicone, whilst I will continue to not worry about it, and to swallow Simethicone for digestive issues.

    I guess you already know to avoid Silly Putty and Kinetic Sand toys!

    It doesn’t really matter if the allergen is dimethicone or a common trace production contaminant of dimethicone (unless you were to accidentally find a differently manufactured dimethicone that didn’t have this effect, and was worth the effort).

    If the problem’s getting worse you may want to talk to your doctor about an emergency kit of some sort. You might be on your way to an anaphylactic allergy, which could kill you before you got to the emergency room.

    In Australia manufacturers are required to list ALL ingredients in cosmetics, but there’s no absolute guarantee against mistakes. Similar rules apply to foods, but some manufacturers and importers are pretty slack about adherence.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Whatever the allergen, I think AP has found through experience that the best way to avoid it is to avoid dimethicone!

    Allergic reactions can happen at insanely small doses, so it could also be a trace manufacturing contaminant of dimethicone.

    The important thing is knowing how to avoid the adverse reaction.

  • Andrew Hicks

    The important thing here is that you’ve figured out one migraine trigger to avoid.

    I suspect that the dimethicone is causing an allergic reaction which is causing your head to overheat and cause a migraine. Even if you don’t believe this, it’s a less mockable explanation you can give people.

    The fact that cosmetic scents can also trigger the overheating definitely suggests allergy rather than the coating explanation.

    If you wanted to sacrifice your health for your scientific curiousity you could try using dimethicone on a substantial area of your body (or limbs) and see if your head overheats. Probably not worth it!

    I’d suggest that you and Lucy keep antihistamines on hand and take a solid dose at the first indication of migraine (still avoid dimethicone, etc. though). Your doctor’s may have other medications you could try, although some, like corticosteroids, should not be used too often.

    Let me know how it goes.

  • Andrew Hicks

    The best way to nourish the skin is through the mouth! You also get to nourish the parts of your body you can’t see.

    I’m not business-minded enough to have created my own supplement line, although I’ve been tempted, and not just for financial reasons.

    Some suggestions (adjust for body size, etc):

    Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C): 2000+mg/day
    CoQ10: 100mg+ /day – CAUTION: If you stop, cut down over a couple weeks to give your body a chance to adapt.
    Stress Multivitamins (or Sugar Metabolism, Mega B, or Women’s Formula)
    – ordinary One-a-day vitamins are for the mythical average person
    who’s only concerned about “clinical deficiency”.
    Vitamin D: 10,000iu
    – given unlimited sunshine the average body self-limits vitamin D production
    at a daily all-source total of about 10000iu.
    – I have been unable to find any cases of Vitamin D toxicity on the internet.
    Vitamin A: If there’s a possibility of pregnancy, don’t take more than the
    amount recommended by your country’s medical authority
    (I don’t want to be sued).
    In the USA, land of litigation, health insurers have been known to
    provide pregnancy supplements containing 10,000 iu/day.
    If there’s no possibility of pregnancy: 10,000+ iu/day for adults.
    Toxicity has been reported as low as 30,000 iu/day, however I need
    about 80,000iu/day, and a friend I helped (post-hysterectomy so
    no risk of pregnancy) found her eyes stopped improving when she
    dropped from 80,000 to 30,000 iu per day.
    Zinc: 25mg+
    Copper: about 3mg, not at same time as Zinc, Vit. C, or Vit. E
    Selenium: 200ug
    Vit E: 400iu (over 600 iu/day can cause drowsiness).
    ALC and ALA: about 500mg ALC/300mg ALA
    – DO NOT take ALC (acetyl-l-carnitine) without ALA (alpha lipoic acid)
    =======
    Krill Oil: 1000mg+ twice a day
    Fish Oil: 1000mg+ twice a day and eat plenty of non-polluted oily fish.

    I take mort than the above, but every body is different (and I’m getting tired of typing).

    I currently buy from iherb.com.
    If you use http://www.iherb.com?rcode=PNC403 you’ll save $5 on your first order and I’ll get $5 + 10% of your order value (from memory). I don’t think it’ll make me rich, but it saves you a bit and I get something too!

  • Andrew Hicks

    Doesn’t matter – Dimethicone is the “Warning Flag” that works for some people.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Neat trick – use references to look authentic. Most people won’t follow the references, or understand research jargon.

    Meshuganut – Mr.America may have being cynical, but I’d hardly call his comment uneducated or poisonous, just a cynical observation that might prompt people to be a bit more careful about taking the article as gospel. This is a good thing in a society where scams are commonplace.

  • Andrew Hicks

    “#1 Dimethicone is NOT a dangerous chemical!!!” – unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to it or it’s contaminants.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    Well, the overweight people say you can’t spend your life worrying about what one piece of cake is going to do to you…their problem is not “one piece” of cake. I’m an ex-smoker who is severely affected by passive smoking…it makes me sick. I have a friend younger than I am who will probably never quit and can hardly breathe. This person will never obsess over stopping cigarettes. That person blew smoke in my face for about 2 hours today while I listened to the story about the doctor saying they should stop by the end of August…it’s not making them smoke more or less. This person simply believes they have been healthy so far and that the doctor is a doctor and it’s his job to tell you to quit smoking. I feel really bad for them…they tell everyone it’s asthma but it’s not. It’s COPD, emphysema, and maybe worse… and a whole lot to live for….nice, new, big house, children and grandchildren, but they just don’t want to make the effort to stop smoking…or stop eating sugar and processed foods either…they just want to feel better.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Most of these “dangerous” chemicals are only dangerous to a few, or there is disagreement about how dangerous they are.

    People can be allergic to anything. There are probably people allergic to “town water” – they just don’t know it, or they’re dead.

    Many cosmetic chemicals were in use before the current testing requirements were brought in, and there are so many of them that they weren’t required to undergo the same stringent tests as new chemicals, on the assumption that they were safe – i.e. people have been using them for a while and there’s no proof of harm.

    That said, our approval systems are not immune to corruption, and money talks.

  • Andrew Hicks

    NO!
    Whilst natural products have their benefits, it’s not that simple. Some synthetics are generally safe, while some naturals are unsafe. For example, Poison Ivy is 100% natural and earth friendly, but there’s no way I’d want it in a cosmetic.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Anyone with any brains trying to sell a story that disagrees with the mainstream narrative takes the time to explain why their story is the true story.

    “extraordinarily expensive and risky route of launching a skincare line” ???

    – I don’t agree. Launching a skincare line is most likely not as expensive or risky as you think, especially for a doctor successful enough for their backing to mean something. There are factories that are already set up to produce third party products such as private skincare lines with minimal overhead, and the markup is so high that costs can be recovered fairly easily. If you can get your product seen by enough people you’ll recover costs before the product gets a reputation, either good or bad, and as long as the product does the basic job without causing too many people grief then people will buy it again just because they know it.

  • Andrew Hicks

    Hey, my hair and skin is too oily – maybe I should use Dimethicone to make it dryer :-).

    Yes, if you use silicones INSTEAD of looking after things like water intake and nutrition you could end up with dry hair and skin because the silicones have masked a deteriorating problem, NOT necessarily because the silicones caused it.

    I’ve used skin and hair care products containing silicones and I CANNOT vouch for H.A’s claim as he states. Maybe he should just speak for himself, instead of claiming support from “Anyone who has used a skin or hair care product containing them (silicones)”.

  • Andrew Hicks

    I’ve heard of spaying cats and dogs, but cider vinger?!

    Oh, you mean spraying! :-)

    And vinegar! It makes sense now.

    However, it seems Audacious has already found a remedy. Maybe he could try this one, or yoghurt, if dimethicone stops working. They both have the purpose of rebalancing the skin bacteria in favour of a more acidic environment.

    Okay, I poked fun at your spelling, but this isn’t such a bad suggestion although I suspect Audacious may have already tried something like this.

    I would probably have suggested pumping him full of vitamins and oils such as fish, krill, and evening primrose.

    In the case of seemingly incurable conditions, the more low risk options a person has the better.

    P.S.: I’d remove my fun-poking from this message, but that’d mean admitting that I was being mean!

  • Veronika

    Thank you for your comment, Andrew. What you’re saying makes complete sense. I used to have chronic migraines every summer. After switching to natural sunscreen the migraines subsided, and I started to consider the option of sunscreen ingredients being the culprit, not the hot weather (as I had previously assumed). Since mineral sunblock also coats your skin in order to provide protection, it makes more sense that the problem with dimethicone would be an allergy, not the coating itself, right?

  • Andrew Hicks

    Why on earth would you let them blow smoke in your face for two hours?

    You talk about other people being weak, but not standing up for yourself is in itself a weakness.

    Nowadays, at least where I live, the vast majority of smokers willingly adapt to my need for clean air, and those that don’t are the sort of selfish *#*#* that I don’t want to have anything to do with.

    Either you haven’t let them know about your problems with passive smoking, or you’re effectively telling them it’s socially acceptable for them to make you sick with their smoke.

    Do you have a problem with confrontation, especially with people of that person’s gender?

  • Andrew Hicks

    Allergies can be a really complicated minefield. There are so many potential allergens in our environment that even if there was an app for you to input exposures and reactions (e.g. 8am coffee,cornflakes,toast, 9am brand x foundation, etc., 11am Migraine) it’d be almost impossible to not miss something – e.g. I missed the milk and sweetener in my example). There’s stuff you eat/drink, stuff you touch/wear, and stuff you breathe.

    I’ve found that “Touch for Health” can desensitize some allergies.
    Also Fenugreek is supposed to help with migraine, but I don’t know if it works for allergy migraine.
    High dose supplements (C,D,B,Zinc, Selenium etc, can toughen the body to reduce allergic reactions.
    Very light pressure on the forehead, above the eyes, for 2 or 3 minutes can sometimes stop a migraine. (adapted from Touch For Health)

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    I feel compelled to answer your personal and uncalled for rude questions.

    My problem is putting others first. I went to visit the person. I believe you should feel comfortable on your own back porch. It took the person about two hours to tell me how bad they felt and all the tests that were run and about the doctor telling them to quit the cigarettes.
    Yes, they know how I feel about the smoke…it was two hours. I don’t live there.
    I don’t have a problem with gender unless you’re trying to change it.
    Yes, I have a problem…I care about others…..and that why I first commented on this site. If you want to fight and argue find someone else to do it with.
    Have a wonderful day.

  • Andrew Hicks

    The only reason I mentioned gender was because you were so very careful not to identify their gender.

    I’d like to suggest that the reason your friend is apparently not making the effort is because they can’t. Their excuses are their way of coping with the fact that they know they’re killing themself, and can’t stop. As I’ve mentioned, just passive smoking cut my willpower to almost nothing (it affected other mental functions too, such as concentration). If you want to help them, may I suggest providing options they can use. HIgh dose multi-vitamins (usually labelled something like Executive Stress, Mega-B, Sugar Metabolism, or Women’s formula – Berocca isn’t bad either) can help reduce cravings for sugary foods and to some extent cigarettes, and may also help willpower. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins C and E, and Grapeseed extract may slow the damage. Vitamin A is probably NOT a good idea as there is research suggesting it can increase lung cancer risk in smokers. Low GI foods will help stabilise blood sugar levels, reducing cravings. High protein foods are good – IF the kidneys are ok.

    If and when your friend expresses a willingness to cut down their smoking, I can offer suggestions to assist there.

  • grm999

    I have a severe reaction to Aspartame and Sucralose (Splenda). Thanks for pointing this out. The FDA is part of Monsanto, who are poisoning people daily. This said, I also, have an allergy to soy. It is very difficult to find beauty products that do not contain soy. Losing my mind right now.

  • grm999

    I can’t comment about the salt water, but I can definitely tell you that I absorb lotions through my skin. I have a soy allergy, and just recently discovered that my being sick for so many months had to do with the bath and body lotion I was using. They hide ingredients by using different names. After much investigation, I discovered the soy in the product, and stopped using it. Amazing…all my symptoms are gone. It’s all trial and error, but I one thing I can assure you…people do absorb substances through their skin.

  • Who’s Your Neighbor?

    I am highly sensitive to Aspartame, too. As far as skincare you can check out these articles. It’s all I use now.
    https://www.naturesgift.com/aromatherapy-information/how-to-use-essential-oils/essential-oils-skincare/
    http://helloglow.co/12-best-essential-oils-gorgeous-skin/