Hydroxyethyl cellulose (inci)

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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2-hydroxyethylcellulose; CAS number 9032-42-2; Cellulose hydroxyethyl ether; HEC

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The term hydroxyethyl cellulose, (monomeric/partial structure = hydroxyethyl glucose) is a collective term for cellulose derivatives which are obtained by esterification of their glucose monomers. In these a part of the hydroxyl groups of the cellulose is connected with hydroxyethyl groups (-CH2-CH2OH).

Hydroxyethyl cellulose is a water-soluble product. It is used in cosmetic formulations. Hydroxyethyl ethyl cellulose acts as a binder (binds cosmetic preparations containing powder and powder), emulsion stabilizer (supports emulsion formation and improves the resistance and durability of emulsions), film former (forms a film on skin, hair or nails when applied) and viscosity former (increases or decreases the viscosity of cosmetic products).


Last updated on: 29.10.2020