Chemists use palmitic acid to help makeup hide blemishes and cleansers wash away debris.
Palmitic acid can be extracted from various plants and animals but can also be created in a lab.
The FDA classifies palmitic acid as a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substance and has approved this chemical for use in cosmetics, food production and as a food additive.
Uses & Benefits
One of the main uses of palmitic acid is in soaps because of its ability to help keep skin smooth. Palmitic acid is found in beeswax, which is a popular ingredient in personal care products. In cosmetics, palmitic acid is used in skin make-up to hide blemishes. It is also used in certain surfactants as a cleaning agent.