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December 02, 2022 2 min read

Cleaner beauty products are in higher demand than ever before, and skin care ingredients that were previously considered safe are now being rightfully scrutinized. An example of this is Silicone/dimethicone it has a terrible reputation for blocking pores and is widely used in beauty products.

Cosmetic brands use silicones because they’re water-resistant, smoothing and CHEAP. More than half of all new cosmetics products introduced in the previous ten years include at least one form of silicone. 

Should you consider avoiding makeup brands that use silicones? Read on further. 


Firstly, What Exactly Are Silicones? 

Silica-derived semi-liquid compounds undergo various chemical processes to become silicone. While Silica is a natural mineral & good for your skin, after undergoing several chemical processes to become silicone, there are no traces of the good properties of silica left. 


So, Can Silicones in Makeup Clog Your Skin Pores? 

The answer is YES, 100% YES!

Cosmetics containing silicones have a velvety texture  that can temporarily smooth blemishes and pores. But while they make your skin look good, this barrier also prevents moisture and air from entering and exiting the skin, which in turns causes blocked pores. The barrier also traps in debris and oil which can lead to pimples & blackheads.

Makeup that contains silicone is also harder to remove, which can leave to dirt & oil build up.


Are Silicones Bad for Your Skin? 

Silicones undoubtedly clog pores, but there are many other reasons to avoid products containing silicones:

  • They can cause congestion and acne since the semi-barrier seal of silicones causes prolonged exposure to bacteria, dead skin, and oil, which ultimately lead to acne breakouts
  • Silicones can make skin dull and dehydrated 
  • Silicones prevent absorption of other ingredients 
  • They have been shown to interfere with cell renewal
When you use makeup products high in silicones, you aren't truly benefitting your skin, despite what the label may claim—you are merely smoothing your face for a brief period - at the risk of clogged pores and acne breakouts. 



How To Spot Silicones In The Products You Use

Silicones are present in different skincare products and spotting them can be difficult. So, look for ingredients that end with:


Cyclomethicone, Methicone, Amodimethicone, Trimethicone, trimethylsilylamodimethicone


Triethoxycaprylylsilane crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, or Triethoxycaprylylsilane 


Polydimethylsiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, or Siloxane

Other names of silicones are:

  • Dimethiconol
  • Polyvinylpyrrolidone
  • Polymers
  • Dimethicone copolyol
  • Carbomers
  • Acrylates
  • Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)


Choose MG Naturals’ Silicone-Free, Titanium Dioxide Free Makeup & let your skin heal & breathe 

Our entire range is 100% free of titanium dioxide, dyes, parabens, chemicals, and silicones.

Our silicone-free foundation can perform much better than other brands silicone-heavy versions. Consider our Foundation Kit if you have trouble with dry, flaking, or acne-ridden skin.

You can also check our other silicone-free, natural beauty products, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our natural skincare products. 


Udele Silvester
Udele Silvester

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