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Used as a surfactant and emulsifier and helps other ingredients dissolve by reducing surface tension.
Polysorbate 80 is primarily used as a surfactant and emulsifier because of its ability to help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent in which they normally would not be able to dissolve, specifically in the case of oil in water. It can also help to reduce surface tension of substances that need to be emulsified. Polysorbate 80 is CIR and FDA approved. Polysorbate 80 is CIR and FDA approved. Also known as Tween 80, Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate, and POE (20) sorbitan monooleate.