How does dirt and oil go inside miccele from a cleansing product?

This is a picture of miccele thet emulsifies and cleans oil and dirt in a cleanser from our hair and skin.

Micceles are formed when the amount of surfactant is above its CMC. So when the product is in the package and when applied, the micceles have already been formed. 

My question is: micceles in a cleanser are round and that part that is phased outside and in contact with surface is lipophobic. So how does dirt and oil goes inside the micceles?

Do micceles breakdown and reform again or any other method?


Comments

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    edited June 5
    Yes, the micelles break down & reform.
    The system is dynamic & the picture you shared is simply a metaphorical snapshot in time. The molecules don’t actually stay in positions like that for very long. This video gives a better sense of what is going on. But remember it is also just a metaphorical illustration. 

  • AbdullahAbdullah Member
    Perry said:
    Yes, the micelles break down & reform.
    The system is dynamic & the picture you shared is simply a metaphorical snapshot in time. The molecules don’t actually stay in positions like that for very long. This video gives a better sense of what is going on. But remember it is also just a metaphorical illustration. 

    Thanks a lot
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