Silicones in cosmetics are currently the subject of some controversy, however this is unjustified.

Topically applied, silicones create a very good skin feeling, leaving the skin’s surface immediately appearing smoother and softer. This is not the only reason why silicones are frequently used in modern cosmetic technology.

Critical articles often equate silicones with petroleum products (paraffins, PEGs) that are suspected of causing skin reactions. This comparison is plainly wrong, as the two are completely different substances.

Due to their chemical structure, silicones are completely unreactive. This is why they are often used for medicinal implants and similar products. Skin reactions are unlikely. When applied, silicones remain on the skin’s surface and do not interfere in the natural regenerative processes of the skin.

Unlike paraffins, silicones have been rated by experts as very well tolerated when used in cosmetic products. People with sensitive skin, acne, rosacea or couperose, in particular, should give preference to products containing silicone over those containing lipids (products with a lot of natural oils). Additionally silicones have been used with considerable success in the healing of scars. (See Martina Kerscher, Dermatokosmetik.)

Only people with very dry skin should not use large quantities of cream containing silicone, as the formation of a film can influence the skin's moisture balance, which is disturbed by dry skin.

In conclusion, we can state: if you are currently using or planning to use a cosmetic product containing silicone and your skin feels fine in doing so, you can continue without any medical worries.

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