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Why carbomers are extensively applied in personal care products and pharmaceuticals

2022-07-12 18:10:02

When you read ingredient list on the back of a personal care products, and pharmaceuticals, you may have noticed this word before: carbomer. Unfamiliar to most, you might've completely glossed over this ingredient without a second thought, but carbomers are in tons of personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Carbomer are cross-linked poly acrylic acid. carbomer as rheology modifier are extensively applied in comestics, and as excipients in pharmaceuticals, being good suspending and thickening.

What Are Carbomers?

Not often talked about, but featured in a number of personal care products and pharmaceutical, most people don’t know what carbomers are, even though they probably benefit from the use of them every day. Unlike active ingredients that offer results-driven value to a product, carbomers are inactive ingredients that help those active ingredients work so well in personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Carbomers are polymers made from acrylic acid. They are white, fluffy powders and are frequently used as gels in a wide variety of personal care products made for the skin, hair, nails, and makeup products.

And in pharmaceuticals fields, carbomer provide highly effective controlled-release properties for oral tablets at low usage levels, critical rheological and bio adhesive properties for topical formulations, and patient-centric benefits across multiple dosage forms

As the top leading manufacturer of carbomer, we have cosmetics grade carbomers, such as NM-Carbomer 960, carbomer 934, carbomer 940HC , Carbomer 980HC ,carbomer 990, carbomer 941.

And our pharmaceutical grade carbomer are safer and healthier, such as NM-Carbomer 934P, carbomer 971P, carbomer 940G, carbomer 980G , carbomer 974P ,carbomer 71G .

Benefits of Carbomers

Thickening: Carbomers are thickening agents that help control the consistency or stickiness, and flow of many cosmetic products and pharmaceutical products.

Suspending:  Additionally, they help distribute and suspend insoluble solids into liquid, and prevent the oil and liquid parts of a solution from separating. This helpful trait is what makes thinner moisturizers like emulsions work.

Improves the texture of products: Carbomers can expand to 1000 times their original volume in water when being neutralized. Carbomers can easily absorb and retain water and can expand immensely when they’re suspended in water. By adding carbomers to things like shampoos, conditioners, creams, and lotions, the formulations will appear more rich, smooth, and creamy.

Side Effects of Carbomers

Carbomers are a very safe ingredient. It is not considered to be an ingredient associated with causing cancers and has also not been linked to developmental or reproductive toxicity.

Additionally, carbomers have not been shown to compromise the immune system or cause allergic reactions. In reviewing acute oral and dermal studies, they determined that carbomers have a low potential for phototoxicity, photo-contact allergenicity, skin irritation and sensitization at concentrations up to 100%.

So, if you’re using a product that contains carbomers and you are having an adverse or allergic reaction., it is very safe to assume that a different ingredient is to blame.


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