Carbomer is a synthetic polymer derived from acrylic acid. It’s commonly used in skincare products primarily as a thickening and gelling agent to improve the texture and consistency of formulas. It helps stabilize the product to ensure an even distribution of ingredients and the best texture for application.
Carbomer is a synthetic compound and does not have a natural source. It's created through chemical processes and has been used in the cosmetics and personal care industry for several decades as a versatile ingredient that thickens and stabilizes formulas.
Carbomer is generally well-tolerated by skin when used in skincare products at appropriate concentrations, but in rare cases, it may cause skin irritation, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin.
Carbomer itself does not provide direct skincare benefits and is primarily used in skincare products for its functional properties.