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decyl glucoside

A surfactant for sensitive skin, more known by it’s commercial name: “BabyFoam”. It’s also a mild penetration enhancer.

Sometimes called a biosurfactant, decyl glucoside is completely biodegradable and is often included in products found in natural and organic skin and hair care collections due to its environmentally-friendly properties. Products that feature decyl glucoside as a secondary surfactant may use concentrations of as little as 2 percent. In formulas where decyl glucoside is the primary surfactant, the concentration of the ingredient may be as high as 40 percent.

Research into the effects of decyl glucoside has found that the ingredient is far less likely to cause skin irritation than other types of surfactants.
Decyl glucoside may also be added to skin care products that contain both oily and more watery ingredients to act as a stabilizing agent. When the ingredient is used in this way, decyl glucoside lowers the surface tension of the oily ingredients, so that they can remain mixed with the other ingredients in the formula. This prevents the product from separating and makes it require less shaking before use.

Research into the effects of decyl glucoside has found that the ingredient is far less likely to cause skin irritation than other types of surfactants. In fact, in one clinical study, decyl glucoside was found to cause no adverse effects when placed on normal, healthy skin for as long a period as 24 hours.

It is important to keep in mind that decyl glucoside does have a rather high alkaline pH. People who suffer from skin allergies may be unable to use products that contain decyl glucoside because of this. Signs of skin allergies to decyl glucoside include redness, itching and mild swelling. An allergic reaction to the ingredient could occur with the very first use or not result until the product that contains the ingredient has been used several times.

Out of the three most common alkyl polyglucosides, Decyl Glucoside has the most abundant amount of foam and quick foaming abilities but it disappears faster than the other. Its low viscosity gives excellent fluidity to a product.

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