Multifunctional Cosmetic Antimicrobial Agents


 January 25, 2019

What Are Cosmetic Antimicrobial Agents

Cosmetic antimicrobial agents are ingredients that help to prevent the growth of unwanted microorganisms in skin care products and enhance product preservation. These microorganisms may include bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Antimicrobial products, also known as antibacterial products, offer customers that extra measure of protection against potentially harmful bacteria, ensuring that the cosmetics will be free from microorganisms on the shelf and once they are opened.

Depending on the type of product (water-based vs oil-based, for example), different ingredients will be used to ensure the safety and efficacy of the claims.

Demands for Cosmetic Antimicrobial Agents

Demands for Cosmetic Antimicrobial Agents Kinetik

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is constantly exposed to the environment, becoming an ideal location for bacteria to grow. To protect consumers and stabilize product shelf-life at the same time, many brands use specific cosmetic formulations with multifunctional antimicrobial additives.

And the demands are clear. According to a recent Transparency Market Research report, the global market for antimicrobial ingredients is poised to expand at a CAGR of 4.1% in terms of volume, during the forecast period 2017-2026. The report further estimates that by the end of 2026, around 28% of global antimicrobial ingredients’ market volume will be from skin care product applications.

However, traditional antimicrobial agents are usually loaded with preservatives. These components have been shown to disrupt the skin’s microflora balance, leaving skin exposed to harmful microorganisms.

Good for shelf life. Bad for the skin.

Today’s consumers, who are increasingly focused on clean beauty values, are staying away from anything synthetic, including preservatives. Clean beauty focuses on ingredients that are not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxin (CMR’s).

Also, clean beauty accepts SAFE synthetics and most naturals, but not all naturals as they may be related to a CMR. They want performance and safety, but it does not have to be natural.  This is a significant nuance.

In other words, they want a product that protects cosmetic integrity and their skin at the same time.

As the natural movement continues to grow globally, we are gaining a deeper understanding of what groups of people in other areas of the world are doing to protect themselves, the earth/environment, and the people around them through social responsibility.

Savvy brands, big and small, are already responding to these demands…are you?

Multifunctional Antimicrobial Agents for Cosmetics from Kinetik

Multifunctional Antimicrobial Agents for Cosmetics from Kinetik

Whether you’re looking for protection against “hard-to-kill” microorganisms, organic acids with natural antifungal properties or are ready to replace traditional preservatives with effective natural alternatives, Kinetik can help. As your trusted partner in innovative (and clean) cosmetic antimicrobial agents, we’ll help you find the right ingredient for your product.

At Kinetik, we offer a vast line of multi-functional and natural antimicrobials, blended preservatives and chelating agents, by  Dr. Straetmans, a company that supports the preservation of many cosmetic products.

Let’s take a look at two of our popular choices for natural cosmetic antimicrobial agents:

  • Verstatil TBG: Innovative, broad-spectrum, economical blend for reliable preservation of natural emulsions, gels and toners.
  • Verstatil Synacid: Synergistic blend of multifunctional organic acids and salicylic acid with broad antimicrobial performance. Provides additional performance against “hard-to-kill” microorganisms.
  • Verstatil SL non-GMO: Mild, water-soluble blend of potassium sorbate and levulinic acid with broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy. Suitable for most natural concepts.
  • Dermosoft 1388 ECO: Natural blend of organic acids with broad antimicrobial activity.

Headquartered in the USA, we work with clients and represent suppliers worldwide. Contact us at (732) 335-5775 to speak with one of our sales representatives about ingredients to support your cosmetic formulations today.