What are siloxanes?Siloxanes are silicone-based compounds that are generally used for their softening, smoothing, and moistening action. They make products like deodorants slide on more easily, and leave hair and skin more soft and silky.
What products are siloxanes in?Siloxanes are in products that contain silicon such as silicone baking utensils and pans, baby nipples, and pacifiers, medical devices and implants, water-repellent windshield coating, construction lubricants and sealants as well as deodorant creams and moisturizers .
How to tell if a product has siloxanesSiloxanes may be present in products that contain cyclomethicone, cyclotetrasiloxane, cylcopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxan or silicon in its chemical formula  as well as in ingredients that end with the word “siloxane”. Other synonyms for siloxane include: siloxanes and silcones, antifoam FD 62, DIME, DC 35A, DC 360, dimethyl siloxane, Dow Corning 200, Dow Corning 561, dimethylpolysiloxane, KO 08, or PMS 1.5 .
Risks associated with siloxanesThe primary health concerns associated with siloxanes have focused primarily on D4 and D5 compounds that are toxic and bioaccumulative  . Potentially negative health effects include the following :
- Reproductive issues
- Liver problems
- Benign uterine tumors
- Uterine cancer
- Adverse reproductive effects
- Adverse neurological effects
- Immunity issues
- Endocrine disruption