Is glycerin a degreaser?

MJLMJL Member
edited July 12 in Formulating
I have read about glycerin being used as a degreaser, and also have seen claims that it “cleans oils from skin.” I cannot find a straight answer about the truth (or lack thereof) of this on the web. 

Does glycerin remove oils from the skin, especially when used in cleansing systems? 

Yes, I know/understand that glycerin is a humectant (draws water), and that it is regarded as a conditioning ingredient. And no- I am definitely not trying to use glycerin for the purpose of removing oils. I am simply wondering if it’s true (or not) that it has “degreasing” properties. 

Thanks for your time! :)

Comments

  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    It does have better degreasing properties than plain water... on the other hand, did you ever mix glycerol and oils? What happens if you do?
  • smoksmok Member
    Pharma said:
    It does have better degreasing properties than plain water... on the other hand, did you ever mix glycerol and oils? What happens if you do?
    haha

  • MJLMJL Member
    Look, I’m just wondering whether it’s true or not. To me it sounds BS, but on the other hand I have watched a YouTube video of a dude using a water/glycerin mix to easily and thoroughly remove a thick layer of motor oil from his hands and arms. That’s why I am just curious what affects glycerin has in cleansing systems, if any. Not looking to use glycerin as a cleanser or degreaser, just wanna know if it has any affects on skin lipids. 

    If anyone has any slightly more constructive thoughts on this, I’d be very appreciative for the information.
  • DoreenDoreen Member
    @MJL
    I think what Pharma means is that glycerine isn't soluble in oil, isn't lipophilic or doesn't have lipophilic parts, so it won't have as much effect as for exampe a surfactant in a 'soap' will have. That it is only just slightly better than water.
  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    @Doreen is 100% correct
  • MJLMJL Member
    Thank you @Doreen for expanding on that so kindly and patiently. And thank you @Pharma for your participation in this thread. It is much appreciated!
  • DoreenDoreen Member
    @MJL
    No problem at all, you're welcome! :)
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