WHAT IS IT? A compound of Isopropyl Alcohol and Palmitic Acid. Used commonly as a thickening agent, it is an easily spreadable man-made thickening and emollient agent, it’s main function is to make products feel soft and look shiny.
HEALTH RISK: Known to be comedogenic (black head forming) it also causes flare-ups of pustular acne. The thickness of the chemicals in Isopropyl Palmitate can deprive the skin of nutrients such as as oxygen. If the skin doesn’t breathe, your pores can become clogged, and healthy skin cells can die. This can also lead to dry, flaky skin. In addition industry tests on rabbits indicate the chemical can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. This is a cheap way to make products feel nice and last longer but it’s bad for your skin, especially if you’re prone to blackheads or acne!