Also called Hypromellose or HPMC for short, this chemical is a semisynthetic, viscoelastic, inert polymer that is one of the main ingredients in eye drops, and is also used in oral medicaments, as well as many other commercial products. As it is often partially derived from plant matter, HPMC is used as an additive in numerous applications. When added to food, HPMC acts as an emulsifier, as well as a thickening/suspending agent, and is one of the primary alternatives to animal gelatin. It is typically a solid powder formed into granules, with an off-white to beige color. HPMC is also used in tile adhesives, cement renders, gypsum products, paints, coatings, food, contact lenses, eye drops, detergents and cleaners, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. It is also currently the subject of scientific investigation of using plant-derived HPMC as a gluten substitute in all oat and other whole grain breads.
Personal Care and Cosmetics