Dimethicone, also known as dimethylpolysiloxane or Polydimethylsiloxane. It belongs to a
group of polymeric organosilicon compounds that are commonly referred to as silicones.
Dimethicone is used as its silicon-based organic polymer, has unusual properties, optically
clear, inert, non-toxic, and non-flammable. It is one of several types of silicone oil, whose
applications range from elastomer, contact lenses to medical devices. It is added to
shampoos to make hair shiny and slippery, and as an antifoaming agent in food, caulking,
lubricants, and heat-resistant tiles.
Activated Dimethicone, is used in over-the-counter formulations as an antifoaming agent and
carminative and in contact lenses. The elastomer shell is used to make Silicone breast
implants by adding fumed amorphous silica, encasing the gel or saline solution. It is also
effective as lice or flea treatment as it can trap insects and as a moisturizer.
There are several uses of these ingredients, so there are no specific brands related,
however it is the key ingredient in several other globally selling OTC medicines.
Swedish chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius discovered silicon in 1824. It can be made in the lab
by heating sand with carbon at the heat of 2200°C making it difficult to categorize silicones
as natural or laboratory-made. Dimethicone was first suggested in the 1950s as a protective
ingredient for the skin barrier and is covered in the United States Food and Drug
Administration monograph for skin protectants.
Dosage and form
Due to its versatile nature and unique range of uses, it is available in its raw form that is
turned into creams, gets, and other OTC medicines. When used in creams, it is applied on
an as-needed basis. If following time schedule, and have missed a dose, you can still use it
with a slight delay
If using the Spray, it is sprayed twice and the total treatment can last 8 to 10 days after the
first one. If you missed a schedule, you can use it, if it is not too late or too close to the next
The cost of Dimethicone
In the USA, the consumers can buy Dimethicone 12 Ounce Liquid Silicone, for Treadmill,
Belt, Head, Lice Treatment, is sold for USD 20. Its 40mg tablet costs are as low as USD 0.1
for each tablet in India.
How does Dimethicone Work?
In topical use, it forms a layer that delays the evaporation of water. For treating lice
Dimethicone targets the respiratory systems of lice. The NYDA in the medicine suffocates
the lice, nymphs, and their embryos, thus getting rid of lice. The total filling of the head
tracheae blocks the oxygen supply to lice CNS causing its Death.
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