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Pentylene Glycol: mild preservative for sensitive skin

Posted by Lara Schimweg on
Pentylene Glycol

INCI: Pentylene Glycol

Effect/Function: Moisturizing alcohol, preservative

Tolerability: very good

Pentylene Glycol is a moisturizer for cosmetic products. More specifically, a polyhydric moisturizing alcohol . In contrast to monohydric alcohols such as ethanol and spirits, this alcohol does not dry out. This is what makes this material so interesting for preservation. Often, especially in natural cosmetics, monohydric, drying alcohols are used for preservation as a replacement for parabens. Pentylene glycol has so many advantages. It is very well tolerated and is also tolerated by sensitive skin and people with rosacea . It is completely plant-based and a sustainable alternative for preservation - not just for natural cosmetics.

If pentylene glycol is used for preservation, it should be advertised that the product does not contain any preservatives. However, these claims are very misleading because Pentylene Glycol has a preservative effect. This also gives rise to the idea that preservatives are inherently dangerous and harmful. That's not the case. On the contrary, a product that contains water or plant juices should always contain preservatives, otherwise pathogenic bacteria could quickly colonize. This would then be really harmful and no longer skin-friendly. As I said, it depends on what your cosmetics were preserved with.

Products with Pentylene Glycol

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