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PPG 5 Ceteth 20

* An emollient


PPG 5 Ceteth 20 is used in cosmetics and beauty products as both an emollient and surfactant. Little information about this ingredient, but it is considered to have versatile uses and can have lubricating properties or serve as solvent in formulas. When used as a traditional emollient, PPG 5 Ceteth 20 creates a dry, silky feeling on the skin and can reduce the greasy effect of oils and petroleum. It is found in a large number of hair care formulas, as well as skin care products like moisturizers and cleansers.

It is approved by the CIR at concentrations ranging from 5-20% (

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Although no independent studies were found that listed negative side effects from using products containing PPG 5 Ceteth 20, the Cosmetics Database finds it to be a moderate hazard ingredient because of contamination concerns, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program; and 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen (International Journal of Toxicology).

The Material Safety Data Sheet for PPG 5 Ceteth 20 also finds it to be a mild skin irritant.

Recommended Products with PPG 5 Ceteth 20:

Your Best Face Defend ($120); Clarity MD Skin Clarifying Acne Treatment Pads ($25 in the shop) 

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