Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-repairing ingredient. It’s included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to repair its surface and resist moisture loss. Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener, but it’s chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin. This ingredient’s value for skin is made greater by the fact that it’s considered non-sensitizing.
Due to its fatty acid content, caprylic/capric triglyceride may clog pores, but there is much debate about this because some researchers feel that the medium-chain fatty acids that comprise this ingredient have an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces the risk of breakouts. In addition, caprylic/capric triglyceride is not an oily or wax-like ingredient that can easily get stuck in the pore lining.