caprylic/capric triglyceride

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride at a Glance

  • Provides emolliency and beneficial fatty acids that help skin resist moisture loss
  • Can also be used to thicken a formula or enhance the penetration of key ingredients
  • Known to improve to the spreadability of a product
  • Derived from coconut oil and glycerine
  • Clear, non-viscous liquid

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Description

Caprylic/capric triglyceride is derived from coconut oil and glycerine and is considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. Of note, its mix of fatty acids replenish skin’s surface and help it to resist moisture loss.

Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener or penetration enhancer, but its chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin. This ingredient’s value for skin is made greater by the fact that it’s considered gentle.

As a raw material caprylic/capric triglyceride is clear, non-viscous liquid. It is known to improve to the spreadability of formula.

Safety assessments have deemed capric/caprylic triglyceride safe in cosmetic formulations in concentrations below 50%, with reported uses varying between 0.1% to 35%.

Despite what is often purported on the internet skin care advice sites, there is no research showing caprylic/capric triglyceride is “comedogenic” or pore clogging. (This assumption is often tied to its relation to coconut oil.) Theoretically, because its molecular weight of 408 is below 500 Daltons, caprylic/capric triglyceride technically has the ability to penetrate the pore lining, but even that doesn’t inherently mean it will clog pores.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride References

International Journal of Toxicology, September 2020, pages 34-35
Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 2014, pages 43-48
International Journal of Toxicology, January 2003, pages 4-5
Food and Chemical Toxicology, January 2000, pages 79-98
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, August 1985, pages 303-311

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