Chitosan in Cosmetics: Technical Aspects when Formulating

November 4, 2011 | Contact Author | By: Christina Juneau, Atrium Biotechnologies; and Arthur Georgalas and Renata Kapino, Tri-K Industries
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Keywords: chitin | chitosan | biopolymer | emulsion | gel | antimicrobial | viscosity | curl retention

Abstract: A high-grade chitosan made from shrimp shells has viscosity-building properties that support its use in cosmetic emulsions and gels.

In this article, we explore formulation issues when using chitosan in cosmetic products. The chitosan used here is a commercially available, high-grade chitosan made form shrimp shells by a 75-90% deacetylation process. We will discuss its viscosity-building and antimicrobial properties, and its use in cosmetic emulsions and gels.