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CHAPTER 3

Polyacrylates for Personal Care

Polymers have been used extensively in personal care products. The polymers used in personal care products range from both synthetic and natural polymers. The high demand for using polymers in personal care products is mainly because it is easy to obtain various final performance product attributes just by altering the structures and properties of the polymers. One of the polymers used in personal care products is polyacrylates. The term “acrylates” is defined as non-cross-linked copolymers containing a combination of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid and their simple esters. Polyacrylates in personal care products play important roles as thickeners, rheological modifiers, media for delivery of active ingredients, film formers, emulsifiers, moisturisers, dispersants, waterproofers and conditioners. Their key functionalities include the ability to increase the viscosity of solutions, form physical gels, stabilise dispersions and emulsions, induce particle aggregation, solubilise hydrophobic compounds, modify surface properties and facilitate the controlled release of active compounds.

Print publication date: 28 Jul 2016
Copyright year: 2016
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-295-6
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-398-4
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-800-2
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From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series