What Are the Benefits of Glycerine to the Skin?

by Nicole Whitney ; Updated September 28, 2017

Glycerin, chemically know as glycerol, is a sweet-tasting, non-toxic, syrupy liquid made from combining water and fat derived from vegetable oil. Because it is a humectant, it is a popular ingredient in skincare products.

Dry Skin

According to Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami, glycerin not only locks moisture in the skin by acting as a barrier stabilizer, but it provides superior hydration to the skin.

Skin Disorders

Psoriasis is caused when skin cells grow too slow without maturing, causing the build-up of scaly skin. Glycerin acts as a topical remedy to help with the appearance of the skin. Glycerin also soothes the itch and dryness associated with eczema.

Skin Allergies

Glycerin is a non-toxic, naturally occurring substance, so it is often used as the base of soap for sensitive skin, because it won’t cause irritation.


Wrinkles occur because of the loss of moisture and elasticity. Glycerin slows the appearance of wrinkles by restoring these resources.


Glycerin injected after trauma to the skin hydrates the skin cells and speeds healing, resulting in less bruising.

About the Author

Nicole Whitney started freelance writing in 2008, with articles published on various websites. She has worked as a spa therapist and consultant. She participates in a volunteer program and writes on subjects related to the beauty industry. She graduated from the International School of Skin, Nails and Massage in Atlanta.