What is glycerin used for
Glycerol has a wide range of applications. It is mainly used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It is suitable as a sweetener for diabetics and as a substitute for sugar in food (it is 60 % sweeter than sucrose and does not feed the bacteria that form plaque and cause dental cavities). It is also used in meat and cheese production for surface treatment, as a solvent in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, confectionery, bakery, and sausage products. As a food additive, glycerol is designated E422.
In the cosmetics industry as in a diluted state, it is used to treat the skin in cosmetic products, especially as an ingredient in moisturizing creams and soaps, or as a humectant in toothpastes.
Glycerol is used in medical, pharmaceutical, and personal care products, often as a smoothness enhancer, lubricant, and moisturiser. Glycerin is mildly antimicrobial and antiviral. As a result, it is widely used in wound care products, including glycerin-based hydrogel sheets for treating burns and other wounds.
It is also used in the manufacture of plastics, resin mixtures, detergents, lubricants, and adhesives. In combination with ethylene glycol, it is a component of antifreeze refrigerants.