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* A humectant
Pentylene Glycol is synthetic humectant used in cosmetics and beauty products that is also secondarily used as a solvent and preservative. It is both water and oil-soluble and can have moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties (Source).
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
The Cosmetic Database rates Pentylene Glycol as a low hazard ingredient and only notes studies done in the 1970s that warn that high doses have shown neuro and organ toxicity in animals, as well as skin irritation. However, recent studies have been published showing Pentylene Glycol to be an irritant that causes contact dermatitis, suggesting this skin care product ingredient could be an emerging allergen. "It has properties that are similar to a known allergen--propylene glycol--although it is considered by some to be less irritating or allergenic." In a case in Belgium published in Contact Dermatitis, a patient developed facial and eyelid dermatitis; in two cases in Cleveland, patients developed hand and body dermatitis, all after using topical creams containing Pentylene Glycol.
Recommended Products w/ Pentylene Glycol:
Stemulation Eye Cream ($75 in the TIA shop), Lumixyl Moisturelock Sunscreen SPF 30 ($58 in the TIA shop). Striking Multi-Peptide Serum with SmartPeptides, Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant, Lorac Natural Performance Foundation, Murad Firm and Tone Serum for Cellulite, Estee Lauder Time Zone Line Wrinkle Reducing Lotion SPF 15