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Ingredient Watch List: Dimethicone, the Smoothing Silicone That Exacerbates Acne

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Foundations, skin creams, and primers—they all may contain dimethicone, which can increase acne breakouts.

You can hardly pick up a skin care, makeup, or hair care product these days without reading “dimethicone” on the ingredient list. Why are so many products suddenly using it, and should you be concerned?

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone (also known as polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) is technically called a silicone-based polymer. More simply, it’s a silicone oil with certain properties that make it extremely popular in today’s personal care properties.

What companies really like about this ingredient is that it provides a smooth application. For skin care products, it fills in uneven texture and fine lines, which helps create a smooth and flawless look in products like primers, foundations, and lotions. It also provides a protective cover on skin, which is supposed to help keep moisture in, leaving skin hydrated for longer.

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In hair care products, dimethicone is used to provide smoothness, particularly in conditioners and detanglers, where the ingredient helps smooth hair and provide better comb-through. Because dimethicone leaves a sort of covering on the hair strands, it can also make hair appear shinier.

Is it Safe?

The FDA approved dimethicone for personal care products, and it is generally considered to be safe to use. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) also evaluated the scientific data and concluded that it was safe for use in cosmetics. The Skin Deep Database also marks this ingredient with a low hazard rating. The only possible side effects listed are dryness, slight irritation, and allergic reactions.

This tells us little, however, about what this ingredient may do to the skin. Scientifically, it may not cause cancer or other obvious harm, but should you be applying this ingredient every day to your skin? I’m hoping you don’t!

What are the Concerns?

The first concern with this ingredient is that it covers the skin. Manufacturers may think that’s a benefit, but I don’t. Imagine having a thin, rubber-like cover over your face all day. Sound healthy? It’s not.

Not only are you missing out on truly moisturizing ingredients like natural oils, extracts, and shea butter, but you’re interfering with the skin’s natural processes, like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, and the like. Prolonged exposure can increase skin irritation and create a dependency on the product. Just like petroleum jelly, dimethicone can actually end up drying your skin the more you use it, as it interferes with the natural hydrating processes, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Here’s something even worse: Have you noticed, since using these new products with dimethicone, that your skin is breaking out more? No surprise, as the covering and trapping property of dimethicone means that it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities. That means those prone to acne or with oily skin are more likely to see increased blackheads and breakouts when using products containing this ingredient.

There is also some concern that dimethicone is hurting the environment. It is non-biodegradable, which means that it can pollute our environment during both the manufacturing process and after it’s used, in the disposable process.

What to Do?

Your skin doesn’t need chemicals to look healthy and smooth. The way to truly beautiful skin is to nourish it, both inside and out. Avoiding this product is simple and complicated at the same time. Simple, because you can find it (and related cousins listed below) by simply reading the ingredient deck. Complicated, because you’ll find this ingredient in thousands of products out there.

The answer? Purchase your skin care products from conscientious manufacturers who care about using truly nourishing ingredients. As for hair care products? The ingredient is less likely to cause any personal adverse effects when used on the hair, as long as you don’t soak in it (as in a bath) afterwards.

Oh, and by the way, you already knew, but Annmarie Skin Care stays completely away from dimethicone and any other silicone products.

  • Methicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Dimethicone copolyol

Did you experience more acne breakouts when using products that contain this ingredient? Please share.

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  1. aqualectrix says:

    Dimethicone isn’t a great thing to put on your hair, either. It doesn’t do anything bad, per se, but to wash it out you’ll need the harsher sulfate-based shampoos, and those aren’t good. (Then you’ll want to put more dimethicone in your hair to smooth it out, which means you’ll need to keep washing with sulfates, etc., etc.)

    • Mary Avila says:

      Please know that taking aitobiotics for anyting other than a serious illness is not recommended by good doctors who know their health and nutritional information. Antibiotics, which we are not only taking faor acne problems now, but is also in almost all of our meat products too, have a bad effect, they make us immune to them. So that when the time comes to really fight something awful, they don’t work. Then you have to use harsher antibiotics, and eventually your body slows down and can stop fighting things the natural way. Antibiotics are not the dream cure for anything. You will find this information if you search the web and ask what are the side affects of antibiotics.

  2. Aiko says:

    I personally love dimethicone skin products, but I’m not one of those people that are constantly using them either. i usually just apply when I need it, like if I’m somewhere dry and/or windy. I’ve always had really good results, personally… But idk I think it gets such a bad wrap because people with naturally dry skin use these products long term that are really only supposed to be used as a temporary “bandaid” (if you will).

  3. elsie says:

    If dimethicone is this bad, then why in the world is it used in lotions for babies! Like d Aveeno moisturising lotion and Johnson’s?

    • admin says:

      We ask ourselves the same question. The bottom line is profit and lack of regulation. The top line is that knowledge is power and as consumers we need to be informed and vote with our dollar and raise our voices until we are heard. Just like we are all doing and it is a journey but step by step, decision by decision we will make a difference :). In the meantime don’t believe the pictures and hype be ever vigilant with the labels :).

      Thanks so much for stopping by, now you know one more product not to add to your cart 🙂

  4. Julia says:

    Unfortunately, I have discovered that silicone polymers have infiltrated the beauty industry in the past 10 to 15 years. It is a cheap greasy filler, which the beauty industry has relied upon make profits.

    It blocks my pores, causes acne, prevents perspiration, causes overheating and irritation, traps bacteria, doesn’t allow my skin to breath and over-stresses it. Silicone is also difficult to remove. I now have a reddish tinge on my face from using cosmetics containing silicones. All this will no doubt, lead to premature ageing and defeat the purpose of these beauty formulations and my beauty regime.

    During the early years of using a number of well known cosmetic products (after they were first introduced to the beauty industry in the 1990s), I thought they were wonderful. Naming a few: Pantene Conditioner, Olay Total Effects, Elvive Royal Jelly Conditioner and Estee Lauder Fruition. Then I realised, that over the years, as the companies which make these products changed the product packaging and made claims that the products have been so-called ‘improved’, silicone was being added to the ingredient lists and the quantities were gradually increasing by the bucket load.

    I personally, believe that these mentioned products are no longer as effective as the original formulations because they no longer do the job properly and don’t give the desired outcome I was used to before. I also, seriously doubt that the skin would be able to absorb the essential ingredients added to these cosmetics which contain silicones, as this ingredient would likely prevent their absorption. So really, all you are really spending your hard earned cash on is cheap silicone and we are being taken for a ride.

    This is just my opinion.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Julia 🙂
      We agree 100%. It is such a shame how the conventional beauty industry has evolved. The quality of products have gone down, while the quantity goes up. We will continue to spread awareness and encourage people to read their skin care labels! The thought of rubbing petroleum based products on our precious skin makes us cringe! And the fact that there are HUGE profits being made out there in this industry…. Thank you for sharing information on here! We appreciate your honest opinion!

  5. Saraj says:

    I’ve been using a dimethicone product, which claims to be organic and natural, as a handwash. The skin on my hands has started peeling off in sporadic patches. I’m going to stop using it immediately.

  6. Saraj says:

    I also just found Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone in the list on the above mentioned product. I see these are on a watch list by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and said to cause contact dermatitis.

  7. Kent says:

    Never have i used anything other than alovera on my face until I visited my parents. My dad uses a product with dimethicone as the active ingredients. i used it on my face for three days, my skin started breaking out with small red blotches across my forhead,nose and cheeks. Googled the ingredient and discovered this page with info describing EXACTLY wha i am experiencing. I’m blown away.The fact of the matter is,this is the only thing different i’ve used on my face.NOT GOOD, but , good to know info. Thanx

  8. Christy says:

    Thanx so much for all the info, my Dr. just prescribed me a lotion with dimethicone and I have very sensitive skin anyway, so I definitely will not be using this product. Wonder y it is in so many creams and lotions if it does such a poor job? Hmmmm?

  9. Hannele says:

    I used to have “boy-cut” hair and didn’t need any conditioner. Now that I’m growing long hair I definitely need to use one. The first I one I tryed caused huge break-out in my back. Guess what was high up in the ingriedients list? Our friend the silicons! Changed the conditioner and zits in my back healed. Had been using Bodyshop’s teatree moisturiser for acne-prone skin for ages, and had had acne since I was 11. If you check the list of ingredients, there’s dimethicone in it.Winter 2012-2013 was a cold one, skin was getting dry and decided try new moisturiser, this time without silicons. I turned 40, still used teatree stuff as day-moistutiser. This winter decided to ditch the teatree stuff completely. Suddenly acne started to disappear. I still have one or few zits on my face, but it’s nothing compared to what i used to have, ie. face full of black-heads, white-heads, badly inflammated zits, etc.
    Maybe it’s because of the age (41) or because I changed to a silicon-free moisturiser.

  10. jojobeans says:

    I started using Di-methicone and then I realized that it is just like bath sealant because it contains an ingredient that has a similar sounding suffix. -cone! Shortly after using it, my face fell off. Not joking, it peeled off in patches. I was treated in a burn unit and now I am hideous. Don’t put bath sealant on your face!!

  11. Amanda says:

    I discovered last year, after process of elimination, that I was sensitive to silicones in beauty products. I break out terribly when any silicone containing product touches my skin. After months of developing a new beauty regimen to repair and maintain my skin, I was almost completely breakou-free.

    Unfortunately, last week, I tried Bare Minerals’ new product, “bareskin” liquid mineral foundation. The product boasted “silicone-free” so I jumped on it and was so excited to try something more natural looking than my Laura Mercier’s “oil free supreme foundation”. Let this be a warning to my other silicone-sensitive sisters: “silicone-free” may still contain SILICA!!! I’m so disappointed because I spent over $100 for the foundation and application brush. But also because my skin is worse than ever. I forgot how horrible it was to have deep cystic acne all over my face. I’ve reverted to my self-conscious self and have hit an all-time low low self esteem.

    I don’t know if everyone else is sensitive to both silicone and silica but I suggest that everyone with a sensitivity to one, do a spot test of the other. I wish I had 🙁

    • Heather says:

      As a point of information, silicone and silica are two very different substances made from the element Silicon. Silicone is a synthetic long chain polymer of Silicon-the dimethicone discussed in the article is one of them. Silica, however, is a silicon oxide, otherwise known as sand. This naturally occurring rock makes up a vast majority of the Earth’s crust.

      Take care with assuming similar sounding chemical names mean they are the same thing. For example: sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and sodium chloride (table salt)

  12. Anonymous says:

    But none of the claims in this article have been proven in scientific research. The claims that silicone causes acne is unproven, and while it may be true for some people, it may not be so for others. Also silicone does remain on the surface of the skin, but due to its molecular structure it does allow the other ingredients to pass through and it does not suffocate skin because it can evaporate. In fact silicones have been used in products for wound healing and in burns units. Personally I dont like silicone products for my hair because I already have oily hair and I don’t kike anything to weigh it down.. But in skincare its not that bad. It may not agree with some people, but for others it works well. I like natural skincare products, but its important to look at actual scientific evidence.

    • Summer says:

      Good points, Pam! And you are correct about a lot of the positive qualities and uses of silicones. Silcones are also used in many surgical sutures and implants because of its very low allergen-risk and its durability. That said, like as it is with cosmetic minerals, not all silcones are created equal, and there are varying grades used between medical applications vs. cosmetic applications vs. commercial/industrial applications (much like alcohol). Another possible culprit for the reaction some of us seem to get from products containing silicones, could be the the combination of ingredients locked into the pores by silcones. i.e.: Silicone is resistant to oil and water. (Why its used in sunscreen for staying power and sweat/water resistance and why its used as a second skin for burn and wound healing). MY HYPOTHESIS: Medical grade silcones, when used alone or with minimal ingredients (Dimethicone + Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerine) is less comedogenic than combinations containing Dimethicone(s) + Cetyl Alcohol, and palm/coconut esthers. All three ingredients alone may not cause a plug or irritation, but put them together and the dimethicone “locks in” the alcohol and coconut ethers like a tupperware lid on leftover lasagna. With burns and wounds, Dimethicone is put on super clean skin that doesn’t have an epithelium/barrier of its own (the skin is oozy and without the outermost stratum corneum layer of skin to provide temperate and moisture control and protect against infection. Dimethicone (sometimes mixed with topical colloidal silver) works like a charm in cases like these. So you’re right–it’s not all bad!

  13. Jaqui says:

    I need to put in a vote FOR dimethicone – and I’ve done more private research on this ingredient than most people would attempt in their lifetime.

    For me, personally, I can’t live without it, but I beg to differ to those who says it smothers the skin so that nothing good can get in.

    When I formulate for myself, I always – always – include 2% dimethicone in the cd phase, because I have a medical condition that leaves my skin feeling as though it’s crawling from the inside out and I was known to scratch my arms and chest until they’d bleed. Not a pretty sight.

    So for me, including dimethicone in the cocoa butter skin products I create (for myself only) is an absolute blessing – my skin has cleared up amazingly quickly for an ‘old duck’, and while it was healing, thanks to the dimeth, I felt absolutely no sense of itchiness or ‘crawling skin’.

    It protected and helped the ‘good ingredients’ to stay in place, while providing a protective cover from external elements. I personally find it to be incredibly soothing.

  14. Rebecca says:

    Agreed Jacqui. Dimethicone has literally saved my skin, and I wouldn’t be without it!

    In fact there are studies to suggest that it (alongside glycerine) promotes youthful skin:

    • sam says:

      Im sorry it didnt work for you but they cant ban it because you dont know what is bad for your skin. I work in a resturant and have to apply it before work so i can wash my hands constantly and not scare the customers with red cracked bloody hands. Health has a lot to do with skins moisture but some skin conditions and environment issues make it very difficult.

  15. Jordan says:

    Dimethicone is HORRIBLE and should be banned in all cosmetics world wide! I have LARGE, RED CYSTIC NODULES ALL OVER MY FACE from using Clarins Cottonseed facewash, containing Dimethicone. I can’t even use makeup because most contains dimethicone! its HORRIBLE. A NIGHTMARE! BAN IT!

    • Michelle says:

      I can empathise with you. I am 53 and had resigned myself to thinking my breakouts were due to menopause. After reading about dimethicone I eliminated a hair treatment product and foundation cream I had introduced…no more breakouts. It was a mission to find a foundation without silicone…settled with Nude By Nature. Good luck.

  16. Savannah says:

    The level of ignorance about silicons being peddled as ‘fact’ is astounding to me! I can’t believe people are too lazy to do their own research and just believe whatever rubbish they hear.

    You do know, don’t you, that the medical practice has found silicons not only safe, but preferable to use in surgery on open wounds? (Remember, there are skin safe silicons and then there are industrial silicons, which aren’t used in skin care products).

    You do know, don’t you, that latex used to be used in surgery but too many people suffered allergies to it, which is why the medical profession now uses silicons?

    I seriously doubt that people are experiencing breakouts as a result of a silicon in their skin care products – because both of the major silicons use in skin care products – Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone – have been scientifically and medically proven to be GOOD for people with acne and rosacea.

    People shouldn’t be so quick to believe lies about silicons spread by either ignorant individuals, or businesses with their own vested interests – it’s usually other ingredients causing the problem – like Shea Butter (heavy, greasy) or other oils or ingredients used.

  17. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for the very interesting article.
    I’m a 51 year old woman from the UK who has suffered with acne of varying degrees of severity, since I was a teenager. I must have tried every acne treatment known to man, both prescribed and non prescribed, with many being about as strange as you could get (trust me, you wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve tried in complete desperation!). To make matters worse I’m now going through the menopause which has sent my body into complete melt down! I’ve had times throughout the years when my skin has flared up so badly that it’s taken months for it to get back to relatively normal and it’s so sensitive that I get terrified when trying out anything new. When I have one of the flare up’s, my skin usually burns and itches, becoming dry but weepy with large angry red spots and sores that take ages to heal. During this time, if my hair touches my face, it drives me mad and feels as though I’ve got hundreds of little insects crawling on my skin, the only slight respite is when I go to bed and remove all my makeup and pull my hair back off my face.
    Because of the appearance of my skin, I couldn’t ever be without makeup and have used foundation since I was a teenager. I now also use a BB cream before putting on my foundation to try to give my skin a more even texture and better coverage. I long for a time when I can get up in the morning and not have to wear make-up, without dying of embarrassment should I accidently be seen by anyone other than my wonderful and long suffering husband and sons. As my previously oily hair has become increasingly dry, brittle and coarse, I’ve begun using Keratin shampoos and conditioners as well as intensive treatment hair masks and smoothing sprays. After a period of trying these hair products, my skin has once again gone completely berserk and is itchy, sore and feels and looks horrible. Sadly this has the knock on effect of making me very miserable, self conscious about my appearance and unsociable, as I don’t want to be seen by anyone (not easy when you work full time!). I have a tendency to touch both my hair and skin during the day and obviously when I’m in the shower and wash my hair, it runs over my face, chest and back. As a result, I decided to look at the ingredients on the products I’ve been using and noticed that they all contain Dimethicone, which is why I decided to Google it to find out exactly what it is. Thanks to your brilliant article, I’m now wondering if the root cause of my skin (and even hair) problems may be down to an allergy to Dimethicone? I’m going to try and cut it out of all the products I use (which by reading other comments may be easier said than done!) and see what happens. Watch this space everyone, I’ll report back at a later date to see if it’s made any difference……I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  18. Angela says:

    I have now eliminated any product containing any type of silicone ingredient. I would update your list to contain some of the silicone ingredients that do not end with “-cone” such as “cyclopentasiloxane” , which is another form or name for, a silicone to which I have found myself to be highly sensitive. I have a severe acneic reaction. This can be found in all types of skin care and hair products. I have recently looked on other sites that try and persuade everyone that these reactions are very rare, however, as a practicing esthetician for almost 10 years, the number of adult acne cases that I see increasing, I am very apt to disagree strongly with these statements.

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  20. What about natural dimethicone or the naturally derived raspberry dimethicone?

  21. Anna says:

    Thumbs down for any of the dimethicone/trimethicone/silcone products. Your site has helped confirm what I had already figured out for myself….you can’t seal your face with a rubber-like cover and expect it to be happy, no matter how aesthetically smoothing the product is. As was the case with others who have posted on this site, my acne breakouts were obvious and instant when I tried all the Clinque supposedly “oil-free” foundations. On some of these liquid makeup formulas, silcone products were near the very top. Gross, gross, gross. Synthetic oil may be even worse than all the other natural oils I’ve been avoiding. I’m so disappointed. As another writer posted, these ingredients are cheap, greasy fillers….being used because they are tolerated by a certain percentage of the population, and because the manufacturers have a primary goal of increasing their bottom line. As more folks figure it out, hopefully the masses will begin to demand better quality ingredients and shun these inferior products. I am so disappointed with Clinique, in particular. I have always expected more from them, but they’ve climbed on the bandwagon too, claiming that their products are “oil free”, when in fact, they are loaded with cheap, synthetic oils. Really, did they think we wouldn’t notice? It’s insulting. In the meantime, does anybody know of a foundation for Caucasian skin, which is truly free of oils and silicones, and works for acne-prone skin?

  22. Ginger says:

    I’ve had acne since I was around 10 years old and I’m currently in my twenties. My family has a history of moderate to severe acne but my face has never been so bad as this product caused it to be.

    I previously used a sensitive-skin primer called I’m So Sensitive by Lorac. This primer had a more lotion-like consistency and did not irritate my acne at all. but Sephora stopped selling the product. When I came to purchase a primer the sales lady told me that this dimethicone-containing primer, Cover FX. She even assured me that this primer would decrease my acne because it contained salicylic acid. My makeup looked great with this primer and I was very pleased at first. With makeup on my skin looked more flawless than ever: As an investment banker, I wore makeup every day for on average about 14 hours. Needless to say, after a week of this my face erupted into the worst it’s ever looked. Specifically my cheeks which contain deep-set large and small pimples which continue to recur and do not come to a head. These pimples refuse to fully go away, so I will be seeing a dermatologist to get a chemical peel or whatever they recommend.

    I later found that my friends mother who is in her forties and has generally acne-free skin now also complained of getting acne along her cheeks while using this product.

  23. Pam says:

    I have dry skin with a bit of an oily t-zone and have been using several products containing Dimethicone for about ten years. Not having any problems with breaking out, are you saying it’s ‘bad’ for all skin types or those just prone to break-outs. One of the products has really calmed my redness. My skin hasn’t dried out. i apply the cream at night and when I wake up, my skin is glowing, feels soft and nourished and the redness is calmed down, though that might be from the other ingredients making up the formulation’s cosmetic matrix. Is Dimethicone ‘bad’ for my type of skin?

  24. Rod says:

    I have noticed one thing about the bad reviews on this product. Everyone with a bad experience had serious skin problems to begin with. If you have oily pores I imagine that you wouldn’t want to seal them with anything even if it is all natural.

    This product is used to ease some of the product ingedients that provide uv protection known to cause irritation as well as make it easier to apply and hold key elements of a formulation in place.

    That said, it is very important as to how much is in the product. If you only need a little of the product because of it’s potency, you are going to need a carrier or flow agent that makes it able to be applied in a pea size or smaller amount.

    Now if your slathering it on, that probably isn’t the best idea. The product I have is for normal to dry skin. There appears to be a cult like movement against this ingredient. The problem is all of the indivuals have problem skin already and don’t reflect the general population which would be normal to dry.

    I don’t use products for acne and oily skin and they shouldn’t use products for normal to dry skin.

  25. roseann says:

    I’ve spent over a year trying to get this dandruff stuff off my head. took off about 1 1/2 inches cant even get a comb through it hair trapped sometimes the stuff i take off looks sandy, sometimes it looks like pieces of clear plastic. Having same issue all over body, wonder if its silicone problem. Don’t know but very curious?

  26. Lisa says:

    It took me years to figure out what was casing my neverending acne. I experienced terrible breakouts after going off ‘the pill’, and no product I tried (even Proactive) helped AT ALL. Here is what did:
    – I cut down on caffeine. I used to drink at least 2 cups a day. Now I drink ONE cup of half regular/half decaf.
    – I cut out ALL DIMETHICONE from my beauty regime!!! This was difficult at the beginning but now is second nature. EVERYTHING- my foundation, my shampoo and conditioner, my cleansers, and my moisturizer… even powdered blush. I read every single label now and ONLY by products that don’t have ANY silicones (including dimethicone).
    – I moisturize with an all-natural oil that contains vitamin E. I realized that my acne before was partially due to how DRY and sensitive my skin was.

    Now that I’ve implemented these changes, if I revert back to my old ways on even one of these changes, I will see a mild to moderate breakout. I still do get a few blemishes every month before my period. I think that’s inevitable, but it goes away quickly.

    Hope this helps someone!!! If you are a woman in your 20s and 30s with bad acne and have tried EVERYTHING, then PLEASE- try this for three months and see how it goes.

  27. Miral Sanosa says:

    Since I started using Ponds BB Cream Age Miracle, I experienced frequent breakouts. It did not bother me at first because I thought the zits were because of my upcoming menstruation. But after my mens the problem did not stop there. (Usually after the mens I wouldnt have any pimple on my face.) I just realized it today… after reading this article that it was my BB Cream using it. I researched on cosemtic active ingerdients that can trigger breakouts. I came across this article. And everything made more sense. Ponds BB Cream has Dimethicone which explains all the pimples I got. I ditched the product already.

  28. I will not buy anything from the sale progamme on the television ever again. They said on national television that the hair care called KAYA was wonderful; but it contains ” DIMETHICONE”..Frightened to use this hair mask now. The T elevision should be ashamed of themselves, but all these comments hopefully will do them harm now…Fingers crossed Dimethicone” sounds so dangerous.

  29. Gli says:

    Oh no!! usually I always look carefully on the ingredient label and try to go for natural products. This week when my luggage got lost…and is still lost…on travels..I got “fooled”by a sales poster on HM amd bougth some Garnier products cheap.. When I got back to my hotel I looked at the labels…dimethicone first 🙁 aI knew it was not a good I Googled to find out how bad.
    Ok…I’ll use it till my luggage and toiletries will return…and then back to my natursl products…

  30. Natalie says:

    I just switched hair conditioners to Aveda Dry Remedy Masque – big mistake ! After a week of use , I have the most horrible back , neck and shoulder acne I have ever experienced . Definitely it is related to the conditioner . I am trying to patiently wait for the acne to clear but it is embarrassing and painful at the same time. So frustrated as I was misled into thinking Aveda was somehow more natural ?

    Any advice on getting rid if the acne quickly is appreciated .

  31. Tara says:

    My back is extremely sensitive to hair products especially those containing silicones. My back gets itchy and breaks out horribly same with my chest or shoulders wherever my hair touches my skin. So I’ve replaces all my hair care products with naturally bases ones without any silicones. By doing the same with my face products I’ve noticed an improvement in the severity of the breakouts. I’m still on the hunt for a good liquid foundation without chemicals or silicones. Also I’ve struggled to find an all physical sunblock without silicones that also won’t leave a white cast on my face (already being extremely pale, the extra white sheen makes me look ill). If anyone has any recommendations on either, a reply would be greatly appreciated!:)

  32. Pam says:

    I struggled with acne on face, chest and back growing up. I was treated with different topicals as well as antibiotics and accutane. All with varying results. When I was a young adult & speaking with my cousin who is a hairdresser about my acne on my back she recommended that when I rinse my conditioner out I should put my head down & then rinse so the conditioner would run off the hair & not down my back, clogging my pores. I have had the best results from this technique & rarely have a break out on my back anymore. Hope this helps someone 🙂

  33. LoladelaLuna says:

    So true! I don’t use silicon products on my hair for 3 years now, my hair needed some adjustment period but now it’s supersoft and shiny on it’s own, even when I don’t use any conditioner. Might I add, the shampoo I use is also free from any harsh chemicals.

    But then! I read good reviews about this Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment which promised a faster hair growth, so I thought that okay I will try it, maybe using it once or twice a week won’t do any harm. I knew it had dimethicone, but still I wanted to see it’s effect. Boy, how wrong I was! It made right after the first use my hair look like a shiny plastic Barbie doll hair! Honestly it felt exactly the same way as my Barbie’s hair felt when I was playing with it as a child! Not to mention I noticed more of my hair was falling out when I washed it. I never cared to try it again, I used it twice and that’ was it. It made me completely sure that I was right to abandone all of these ingredients fro mmy beauty products 3 years ago!

  34. carol says:

    That’s true ! I have been using a “blur cream” for a while and noticed a few breakouts..Thank you for pointing that out to me..

  35. Celine says:

    Definitely break out from dimethicone and all the other silicones listed up there. I was wondering about the ingredient TRImethicone. Is it better than dimethicone or both are just the same?

  36. Christi says:

    Was so pleased after researching many many companies to finally find one that had no silicone ingredient added into their foundation. I for years and years have had extreme breakouts with cystic acne. After doing some research on my own discovered I may be allergeric to silicone. This seemed to be the answer I was looking for but the search for a foundation without SILICONES added was much harder than I ever thought it was going to be. From drug store reading every labels to consults with high end department stores they ALL HAD SILICONE ! AND I have to add even high end department stores that claim their products were organic and pure did have silicones of some kind in there. They advertise their active ingredients as organic,not the entire product. Very deceiving and wrong so in a nutshell ordered a sample of Annemarie’s organics and am looking forward to posting praise as I use this product. Hoping it will be the answer I’ve looked for all these years. And so far no cystic breakouts, just small pimples! Hoping these will be gone as well

  37. Connie says:

    I am a 46 yr old female that has reached the breaking point with cystic acne. I found out that it is a result of dimethicone. I am having no luck finding a makeup that doesn’t fontaine these silicones. Please help.

  38. Jill says:

    YES! Thank you so much for this article. Dimethicone makes me break out like crazy. It took me years to realize that this was what was causing my horrible acne. I always read the labels now on all of my skin care and make up products!

  39. ris says:

    I was wondering why my face had two new pimples. I stopped using silicones but was forced to use a gel for my hair that had dimethicone copolyol and noticed two new pimples.

  40. Moo says:

    Too bad this new full tube of aftershave balm has it as an ingredient(came with some new cologne). I still can’t believe they left out 2 of the MOST obvious ingredients, aloe and vitamin e. Seriously how do you forget those?

  41. Madison says:

    All throughout high school it was very rare for me to have so much as one pimple on my face; I always had very very clear skin, however, being the baby of five older sisters, I always wore makeup anyway. Now I’m 20-years-old and am having breakouts left and right–some were so bad that I didn’t even want to leave my house. After going to several different dermatologists, trying all sorts of medications and creams, and even swearing off makeup for weeks (I was desperate), the acne FINALLY started to go away. So, I started using makeup again, but just on the weekends, and what do you know? I broke out once again, and realized that my skin does NOT agree with sillicone based foundations. I have been unsuccessfully searching for non-sillicone-based foundations for about a year now and I am wondering if there are any out there that don’t contain these harmful ingredients?

  42. Alex says:

    This ingredient is in a hair product I use for my curls. After a week of use, I have breakouts around my hairline. My scalp is also suffocating. It made my curls looks great, but I can feel the buildup on my hair.

  43. dlr57 says:

    I am in my mid-50s and any type of silicone still gives me a break outs. I love the look of BB & CC creams but they all caused problems due to silicone type ingredients. I finally found Bare Minerals Complexioned Rescue. It works as a BB & CC cream and so far as I can tell does not contain any form of silicone.

  44. Zara says:

    Little did i know that even moisturizers have demithicone in them,i used Aveeno daily moisturizer thinking it would help my skin rather i have small bumps all over my forehead n cheeks.. I dont know how to get rid of them now :/

  45. Halley says:

    I have been out of high school for 3 years now, and stopped experiencing harsh acne the end of my senior year. Not using foundation or anything on my skin but bronzer for years i have never had any adverse reactions.. a few days ago i got my makeup professionally done at the MAC counter in Ohio at the mall. Full face, natural look, red lips, highlighter, bronzer and concealer. All for the package price of $35 plus any products you would like to purchase. After wearing the full face for about 8 hours I noticed no breakouts. Keep in mind, I’m more on the natural looking side of makeup and don’t like using anything heavy…I would normally NEVER wear full face makeup. After my appt I purchased the global glow highlighter and concealer. Excited to wear it in a natural look, i did my makeup the next day and wore just this product alone and eye makeup and lip liner. The results were so amazingly beautiful i hard a hard time taking it off that night. I didn’t want to! But thank god i did….i have sensitive oily skin & after taking this product off my skin was severely broken out with acne. WORST PRODUCT LINE I HAVE EVER USED IN MY LIFE!!! This product has a very harsh ingredient called DIMETHICONE..which is very harsh and bacteria prone to the skin.

  46. Imane says:

    Hi! thank you for the article. I stopped using a product that contains demithicone about a month ago ( i used it for a month too) but when i watched someone online talk about harmful chemicals cosmetic ingredients. ..i looked into it and was shocked i stopped using everything except for natural ingredients. Now my skin is breathing again thankfully. But i feel like its still trying to heal itself i keep seeing black heads come out now that i stopped using that product. How long do you think it will take for those to go?
    Regards from Morocco 🙌

  47. Sandra says:

    It’s incredible how many cosmetics manufacturers that tout themselves as “natural” or non-sensitizing put this SILICONE in their products! ORIGINS, ESTEE LAUDER, CLINIQUE, they all do!

    It’s super CHEAP for the manufacturers yet they still charge a lot of money for their products, which have a TINY AMOUNT of the good ingredients. So tiny it doesn’t do anything!

    I shop at Sprouts, Vitamin Cottage, etc. for my cosmetics. Even Derma E has DIMETHICONE in some of their products, which made me break out!

  48. Jman says:

    Why does silicones like Dimethicone leave skin feeling soft even after washing off aggressively? Is it left over film or just the skin changed temporally?

  49. Pam says:

    Hey what a great article, i am researching silicone’s in hair products and this has been really helpful. Thank you xx