Silicone is used in hair cosmetics to reduce static electricity, make hair easier to comb and shine; the picture shows a situational photo.

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[Health Channel/Comprehensive Report] It was rumored on the Internet that "cosmetics containing silicon spirit will cause cancer". Is this true?

The Food and Drug Administration responded that "silicone" is a synthetic oily substance that is used in hair cosmetics to reduce static electricity, make hair easier to comb and shine.

At present, the silicon spirit added in cosmetics is still safe, and there is no need to specially select cosmetics that do not contain silicon spirit.

The Food and Drug Administration explained in the Facebook fan page "TFDA Safe Use of Cosmetics" that there is a difference between silicon spirit and silicon. Don't see silicon and think it is the same substance.

Silicone is a general term for a series of "silicon-oxygen-based polymers", usually with -cone or -siloxane, such as Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, etc., which are all compounds belonging to the silicone family.

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The Food and Drug Administration stated that the purpose of adding silicone to cosmetics is that it has low surface tension, good coating power, and can form a complete film. When used in hair cosmetics, it can reduce static electricity, make hair easier to comb and have luster; In addition, lipsticks, foundations, face creams and other cosmetics can also see silicone ingredients, such as the following two examples:

●Dimethicone: antifoaming agent, skin conditioning-softening agent, skin protecting agent.

●Cyclomethicone: hair conditioner, skin conditioning - emollient, solvent.

The Food and Drug Administration pointed out that as for the effect of adding silicon spirit in hair conditioner cosmetics, it is because the hair is negatively charged after shampooing, and the hair is not easy to comb. Silicon spirit can form a film on the hair, reducing static electricity, easy to comb and shiny. .

Finally, the Food and Drug Administration stated that it is still safe to add silicon spirit to cosmetics at present, and the EU, the United States, Japan and other countries have not banned its use; in addition, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and other institutions have not classified silicon spirit as carcinogenic. thing.

Therefore, there is no need to select "silicon-free" cosmetics.

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