Yoram Yasur Abt | Glycerol is a liquid found in all types of oils. As well as animal or vegetable fats. If they are associated with other fatty acids. Such as oleic or stearic. It is untouched to the touch, colorless. In addition, a very hygroscopic lipid, that has the capacity to absorb the humidity. Present in the environment that surrounds it.
Properties and uses:
Glycerin is an osmotic dehydrating agent which, as we have said, contains hygroscopic and lubricating properties. On the other hand, it has a local and topical anti-inflammatory action. In addition, it is a good solvent for organic and mineral substances.
Glycerol can be used in various food products for different purposes. It is a precursor for the synthesis of triglycerides and phospholipids in liver and adipose tissue. When the body uses stored fat for energy, glycerol and fatty acids are released into the bloodstream. In addition, glycerol can be converted to glucose in the liver, providing energy for cellular metabolism.
The application of glycerol is very varied and contains other uses such as:
- The manufacture of cosmetic products, especially in the soap-making industry.
- Within the medical area, it is used in the compositions of medicines, as syrups, creams, etc.
- Can be used as lubricant and antifreeze.
- In the manufacture of different products especially in the preparation of teas, coffees, and other vegetable extracts, as well as the production of refreshing drinks, where it is added as an additive to increase the quality.
- They are used in the manufacture of resins used as insulators.
- It is a component used in varnishes and in the paint industry.
Yoram Yasur Abt: “Glycerin if administered topically should be used dissolved in water because it is irritant concentrate. It should be used with caution in patients with hypervolemia, cardiac or hepatic failure and renal disease, as well as in dehydrated and diabetic patients”.
It is advisable to know that intravenous can cause hemolysis, hemoglobinuria, and acute renal failure. Topically or rectally it can cause pruritus and irritation.
Regarding oral use can be harmful in high doses and cause headache, stomach discomfort and diarrhea.
In addition, we must consider other precautions that include:
– Glycerin should be diluted in water before applying directly to the face.
– We should not apply too much or leave it for very long periods, as it could over moisturize the skin.
– Glycerin is viscous by nature, so it is advisable to wash away any excess glycerin before leaving home as otherwise viscosity will facilitate dust accumulation and contamination on the skin. In addition, it is not advisable to use glycerin with viscous lotions.
Side effects and incompatibilities:
“Glycerin may be incompatible with strong oxidizing agents such as chromium trioxide, chlorate, and potassium permanganate, also with nitric acid”.
It may also present adverse reactions due to its dehydrating action. It should be remembered that oral glycerin can cause headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and dizziness and mental confusion. Some cases of cardiac arrhythmias have been observed.