No silicone is not bad for your skin and hair. Point blank. Period.
While writing this blog and doing plenty of research through scientific journals, dermatologists’ opinions, and bloggers, there has been a buffet of false information available for anyone searching for answers. Which can be overwhelming for anyone trying to access solid, cold, hard facts. So below, we will discuss a few controversial ingredients from a scientific point of view, without jargon.
- Silicone does not clog pores; let’s get that straight. The molecules are too large to penetrate the skin unless there is an open wound on the skin.
“From a chemistry standpoint, silicones are polymers consisting of the natural mineral silicon— sometimes silica—and oxygen,” explains Bryan Barron, a director of skincare research.
On the other hand, linear silicones—dimethicone is a crucial example in the beauty industry—have been shown to help improve skin texture and fill in wrinkles.
However, “silicones are considered air-permeable, meaning they don’t suffocate the skin,” he says. Stressing, “There’s not a shred of evidence that silicones clog pores, trigger or worsen acne.”
A proper cleansing routine can combat any “build-up” on the skin by simply double cleansing.
Silicones create a barrier on the skin that binds water and locks it in. While the word barrier seems a bit restrictive, viewing silicones as more of a protective and breathable net is a much more scientifically accurate illustration.
They seal in hydration, and the befits of your skincare routine. Silicones are best used in products at the end of your routine, e.g., facial oil, a moisturizer or a sleeping mask and there is also silicone base foundation when having a night out.