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  1. cass
    September 24, 2008

    means I can’t indulge in icecreamcone anymore ah

  2. Nikki
    September 24, 2008

    this is a very timely post…a lot of people have been breaking out and some of them can’t find the main cause of it, this could be one. This is an eye opener post! thanks for this Parisb!

    • whitney
      May 2, 2010

      I totally agree :)

  3. Sesame
    September 24, 2008

    Hey Paris, great article with the balanced view.

    I agree. It depends on the skin types. I’ve been using products with it for the longest time actually. Still am for makeup especially. It’s not something you can avoid totally unless you go 100% natural and organic. Even then, some still contains this stuff which is what annoys me most.

    • mamisensual
      January 31, 2010

      i totally agree with you that’s so right depending on skin type. that’s why a lot of Mary Kay products have silicone. and it kind of helps whatever skin type cause what the silicone does is it locks in moisture. and mostly why your skin gets sensitive is cause your face lacks some thing. it also has a lot to do with your diet. so if your skin gets irritated you should talk to someone about Mary Kay cosmetic line they will be able to help you out. they have almost every solution to a problem.

  4. ParisB
    September 24, 2008

    @cass : *giggles* icecreamcone still can ;)

    @Nikki: Welcome hope its useful info!

    @Sesame: The thing about natural/organic products is that they use other ingredients that may be chemically derived from other sources. May not be necessarily better too.

  5. Tine
    September 24, 2008

    Great post, very informative. I’ve been looking for information on silicone in makeup actually, since I was thinking of whether to get Smashbox’s Photo Finish foundation primer (it contains silicone). Silicon-based products are a hit and miss for me; it really depends on the product. Some works, some don’t.

  6. ParisB
    September 24, 2008

    @Tine : Thanks! Most primers will have silicone as a key ingredient. Its what “primes” the skin and keeps it matt and smooth.

  7. Monstro
    September 24, 2008

    Great article, just the info I needed.
    Was wondering if I was allergic to it as well. But I’ve also been using that TBS Vit C Skin Boost, and that stuff is packed with silicones. And so is my Armani foundation, so I think I’m safe-yay!

  8. Ms. Blacklace
    September 24, 2008

    These products also contains silicone:

    1) Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry touch sunblock.
    2) Witch Clear complexion moisturiser
    3) ZA true white emulsion [I use this as a night body lotion]

    All three of them contain dimethicone. And I use all three of them. Number 2 being the longest and most frequent.

    but so far, I haven’t experienced any allergic reations. Maybe it’s also because I exfoliate my face on alternate days and I exfoliate my body twice a week. haha….. I think I’m more allergic to oil based products.

    Anyway, the ZA lotion make a good night body lotion. It’s actually for the face but it contains a petroleum based ingredient. ANd I wasn’t comfortable using it on my face. But when I apply it on my body at night, I wake up to smooth and silky skin the next day.

  9. ParisB
    September 25, 2008

    @Ms. Blacklace : Thanks for sharing. I think most of us can tolerate some silicone. Much depends on how much is actually used in the ingredients and won’t the ZA as night body lotion be a tad pricey? :)

  10. Ms. Blacklace
    September 25, 2008

    Lol…. I used the ZA sample bottle. Haha!

  11. Stephanie
    September 25, 2008

    Hmm… Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair uses silicone too, and I haven’t experienced any adverse reactions to using it yet *Touch wood*!

  12. ParisB
    September 25, 2008

    @Stephanie : Which is why I say not everyone reacts to silicone. Glad its working for you.

  13. S-Kay
    September 28, 2008

    I’m using the Vita C booster thing from Bodyshop. It’s a silicone thingy also right? Anyway, it’s really keeping my skin on top of its game with the workload and stress going on.

  14. Robyn
    September 29, 2008

    I can’t speak for hair and skin care products, as I have no expertise in that area, but I can speak about makeup. Silicone derived products are often found in cosmetics because of their tactile feel (which doesn’t mean that it actually serves a purpose functionally), and because of their adhesive properties. Because it sits on your skin and prevents any absorption, it should be avoided for all skin types. It will clog your pores, and since it occludes, I commonly use the analogy to wrapping your skin in saran wrap. It’s the LAST thing you’d want in an oil control formula, or if you live in humid weather. There are many non-liquid primers that also work well and don’t have silicone based products. If you have oily skin, look for ingredients that contain kaolin, or preferably, bentonite clay. Bentonite is well known for it’s oil absorption properties – to the point that it’s used industrially to clean up oil spills. Silk powder and pearl powder are 2 ingredients that multi-task: they’ll hydrate your skin where needed, and absorb excess oils as well. Silica (not to be confused with siliCONE) microspheres will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores due to it’s optical light reflecting properties, but can also be drying to the skin, so those who have dry skin wouldn’t want a very high percentage of silica.

    Hope this helps,

    • Hannah
      April 6, 2013

      Thanks, very helpful! I am wanting to start making cosmetics myself to possibly sell, and Im trying to use the best ingredients. Silicone sounds iffy- I dont want it to break out my customers or harm their skin. The other products you mentioned are ones I had seen before and am now really considering. Do you think TKB Trading is a good source?

  15. coconut
    March 17, 2011

    Just wondering, I have really bad acne prone skin. I use prescrption retinol/antibiotic creams at night. I just bought a new moisturizer that is for sensative skin. It’s fragrance and oil free and says it’s non comedegenic. If it “doesnt clog pores” then how could it have dimethicone in it? (which it does). I thought dimethicone was a cheap moisturizer but not good for skin? I love moisturizers with natural, non pore clogging oils, but they are soo expensive. Also, if a product has dimethicone, does that mean that none of the other ingredients will be able to penetrate the skin??

    Thanks for the help! Also if you have time, check out my health/beauty blog , i JUST started it so there isnt much, but it’s a start:)

  16. Christine
    May 10, 2011

    Love your blog! I just did a comprehensive round-up up of silicon-free primers that I think your readers might enjoy and linked to you as a info source. Here’s my article http://beautysquad.net/2011/05/08/the-best-silicone-free-face-primers/
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  17. Addo
    July 15, 2011

    how can i can bad silicon out my body?i been very very sick in 13 mths and the doctors can not do nothing. What can you tell me to do

  18. angel
    February 9, 2012

    thanks for sharing!!

  19. Sal
    March 9, 2012

    I am terribly alergic to Dimethacone. :( it’s in so many products!

  20. Karen
    April 11, 2012

    Thank you for this great and informative article, discussing the uses and different sides of the arguments of silicone! It’s more helpful than the websites that simply say SILICONE IS EVIL, DON’T USE IT and freak everyone out unnecessarily!

  21. glittergirl
    September 1, 2012

    Do silicone primers get absorbed in the skin or do they just sit on the surface?

    Anyone here used Bella pierre primer?

  22. maya
    December 19, 2012

    one of the creams you like contains silicone, clinique moisture surge. that is why it leaves a sticky layer on the skin and you feel your fingers a little slippery after applying the cream. and it’s written on the box, of course.

  23. martha
    February 14, 2013

    well, one more reason to stick to organic products. And take it from me, I grew up using L’oreal moisturisers which I’ve never liked very much, and now I can’t use anything other than organic, because guess what ? THEY REALLY WORK !
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  24. Natalie
    February 22, 2013

    It’s not the silicons in the product 9x’s of 10 it’s the oils in the product you are using. Natural oils in any product can cause breakout until you skin adapts to the product. Look at all the ingredients in a product don’t just single out 1 when there is like 10-20 listed? It could be how they manufactured the product; they probably didn’t use the correct methods to clean equip…….I’ve worked in manufacturing for year & have seen plenty mistake that ppl make…….don’t just pick one ingredient.

  25. LYNND
    October 22, 2013

    Silicones, Dimethicone and other “cones” would appear to work by sealing in moisture to create a “protective barrier”. However, doesn’t a barrier also imply that antioxidants and other more desirable ingredients are themselves trapped in a silicone base, unable to penetrate pores? I’ve heard it said before that silicone in products might negate the usefulness of other ingredients that are listed after the dimethicone or the like appears on the label. Is this true?

    I only know of a handful of “old school” products that don’t have dimethicone (yet)!: Ponds original dry skin cream doesn’t have it. I also found that U-Lactin body lotion, which is the best body lotion I’ve ever used but near impossible to locate except online, is one of those pre-silicone formulas that works exceptionally well. Similarly, the only widely available peptide (anti-aging) formula I’ve located is by Freeman (Vita-K Professional line). In contrast, Olay anti-aging products are loaded with silicones, as indicated by the fact that they rank high in the ingredient list (Olay Regenerist, etc.). Formulations predominated by dimethicone doesn’t seem to stop the Cosmetic Cop, among others, from recommending Olay anti-aging products, however!

    I would like to see subsequent comments to this topic name skin and hair products that do NOT contain silicone, dimethicone or trimethicone. I have managed to find a face cream, a body lotion and an anti-wrinkle formula that doesn’t have these ubiquitous ingredients, but I’ve had no such luck finding a sunscreen without it. Even Trader Joe’s, which is known for selling health-conscious products without parabens, makes liberal use of silicone and its derivatives in their products! I would really appreciate it if those who are concerned about this issue can report their own experience locating silicone-free alternatives. Perhaps we can help each other out by naming names.

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