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Hexylene Glycol

* A preservative and solvent that may be irritating to some skin types


Hexylene Glycol is a solvent and viscosity agent used in many skin care products. It is used to thin out heavy compositions and create a thinner, more spreadable product.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Although the FDA has approved Hexylene Glycol and the CIR found it an acceptable solvent in skin care products, some studies have shown that it is an irritant. However, according to, there was "no correlation between the degree of irritation and the concentration of the glycol present in the product. There were no reactions indicative of skin sensitization to these glycols in any skin sensitization assays and no suggestions of phototoxicity or photosensitization." Furthermore, a study published in Contact Dermatitis researching the effects of Hexylene Glycol when used by people with eczema concluded that the presence of Hexylene Glycol did not cause a significant increase in irritation.

Recommended Products w/ Hexylene Glycol:

Eye Cream Face Book Epionce, Skin2Skin Care Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery, Kronos Phyx, Pevonia de Aging Body Lotion, BeFine Food Skin Care Eye Blossom

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