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  • How to overcome the feeling of skin tightness?

    Posted by agabur on March 23, 2022 at 10:59 am
    We have recipe of light cream with 17% oil fase (axol c62, tegin m pellets, cetearyl alcohol, vitis vinifera seed oil).
    aqua fase:xantahn gum, propanediol, sodium gluconate, water.
    Active agents are most of all panthenol (5%).
    Preservative: sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate
    We noticed, that a lot of people who tested this recipe, said that skin tightness was observed (especially woman 30+).
    Some people also noticed a disturbing burning sensation and red spots.
    I am asking for advice on what could be the cause of this and how to remedy it.
    agabur replied 1 year, 11 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • abdullah

    March 23, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Your product may be contaminated with microbes. 

    What is the pH?

    Non of those ingredients cause this at right level. Maybe if you write the percentage of all ingredients help. 

  • microformulation

    March 23, 2022 at 3:02 pm
    Panthenol at 5% is a waste and will have an effect on the stickiness of the final product.
    Again, it is important to know the pH, especially in regard to the organic acid preservative system. A chelant is also needed.
  • agabur

    March 23, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    pH of cream is 4.9.
    The microbiological test came out correctly.
    Sodium Gluconate as a chelat was used.

  • agabur

    March 23, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    I forgot about Isoamyl Laurate (oil fase)

  • ggpetrov

    March 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I think it’s preservative that causes these effects.

  • ozgirl

    March 23, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Some people are sensitive to potassium sorbate. It can cause redness, burning  and flushing reactions.

  • markbroussard

    March 24, 2022 at 12:24 pm


    The redness, burning is definitely from the Potassium Sorbate.  Some people are also sensitive to Sodium Benzoate.

    Nothing you have listed would generally cause skin tightness, but then perhaps you did not list all of the ingredients.  As noted … Panthenol at 5% is quite on the high side.

  • agabur

    March 26, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    @MarkBroussard  @ozgirl  @ggpetrov @Microformulation @Abdullah
    thank you for all the answers. The reaction disappeared after increasing the amount of the oil phase and addition of shea butter. Interesting….

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