Capryloyl glycine is a multi-functional ingredient comprised of the amino acid glycine and an eight-carbon chain.
One of the main functions of this ingredient is its anti-acne character. The way it works is two-fold; first, it controls over-active sebum production. Second, capryloyl glycine also restricts the growth of bacteria. Due to its ability to control the growth of bacteria, this ingredient also works well as a preservative.
Finally, capryloyl glycine is also a surfactant in nature, meaning it has a water-loving part and an oil-loving part on the same molecule. Because of this, this ingredient can act as a cleanser by washing away dirt and oils.