Will Pure Glycerin Clog My Pores?

Updated April 17, 2017

Pure glycerine (also called glycerine or glycerol) can be used as an inexpensive and natural moisturiser for the skin. Since it is one of the major ingredients in most high-end moisturisers and lotions, buying glycerine in its pure form is becoming very popular. Before commencing this, it is prudent to understand the benefits and downsides to using pure glycerine for their dry skin.

Benefits of Glycerin

Glycerine is a humectant agent. This means it attracts water, which keeps skin naturally moist. It allows the pores to breathe while it locks in natural moisture, and healthily conditions skin and hair alike. For this reason, it is commonly used in many soaps and lotions.

Most of these effects translate into using the pure form. Dermatologists generally agree that glycerine is safe method of treating dry skin, with relatively few risks.

Glycerine may also be used as treatment for fungal infections and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Side Effects of Pure Glycerin

Although glycerine is generally a safe ingredient when used within lotions or soaps, there are a few risks to using it in its pure form:

Despite the fact that it is a solvent, high concentrations of glycerine can cause clogged pores on rare occasions. This is usually due to a reaction that leaves the pores constricted and thus more prone to clog. However, glycerine is soluble in both water and alcohol, so clogging is abnormal and quite rare.

Pure glycerine can also cause the skin to blister. Being a humectant, glycerine that is not dilluted will draw water from the nearest source possible, which in this case is the skin. This can quickly dehydrate the skin, leading to blistering. For this reason, many dermatologists reccommend using dilluted glycerine.

Using a synthetic pure glycerine can be risky because these products sometime contain harmful chemicals. Always know the source of any purchased pure glycerine.

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Peter H. Crawford has been writing professionally since 2004. After studying journalism and English at The Ohio State University, he immediately began composing and reviewing for various publications about dining, nightlife, travel and music. His work has appeared in literature from Chicago to Los Angeles, and all over the nation.