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Dow Corning discusses second-generation silicone elastomers for skin care

Dow Corning - EEI : 23 April, 2007  (Company News)
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients.
Nearly 20 years ago, silicone elastomers revolutionized the skin care industry with their unique combination of skin feel (silky, smooth, powdery), thickening properties, and ability to delivery active ingredients. The original product was an elastomer powder prepared by cryogenic grinding of cured silicone elastomer. Several years after that, a more successful elastomer powder was made by suspension polymerization. This product, now called Dow Corning 9506 Powder, was followed by elastomer pastes composed of silicone elastomers swollen by solvents such as cyclomethicone (e.g. Dow Corning 9040 Silicone Elastomer blend). Subsequent development work has produced silicone elastomers containing functional substituents as well as elastomers where other solvents are used. Additional refinements in processing have produced silicone elastomer blends with different rheology profiles, solvent-absorbing capacities and particle sizes. All this has led to a proliferation of elastomer products from Dow Corning and other silicone manufacturers. Today, dozens of different silicone elastomers are available, and global sales are estimated to be well in excess of $30MM per year.

To learn more about the properties and benefits of silicone elastomers, how silicone elastomers differ from silicone fluids, manufacturing schemes, and methods of cross-linking, download the Dow Corning technical paper “New Developments in Silicone Elastomers for Skin Care.”
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