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What are the common emollients used in skin care products?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Emollients are ingredients that soften skin and seal in moisture, creating an occlusive, protective barrier on the surface.

The common emollients are:

  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Mineral oil
  • Lanolin
  • Petrolatum
  • Paraffin
  • Beeswax
  • Squalene
  • Coconut, jojoba, sesame, almond, and other plant oils
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Olive oil (oleic acid)
  • Triethylhexanoin
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