Hexadecanoic Acid | Palmitic Acid | Chemical Safety Facts

Palmitic Acid

Palmitic acid (also known as hexadecanoic acid) is a fatty acid that is found naturally in animals and plants and also can be created in laboratory settings. Palmitic acid is widely used in a variety of applications, including personal care products and cosmetics.

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.

Safety Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed palmitic acid as a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) substance, which classifies palmitic acid as safe as an additive to food and in the manufacture of food components.

The European Commission’s body to evaluate chemicals in downstream products, REACH, also has listed palmitic acid as product with minimal risk to humans.