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CAS Number 94350-06-8 / 222400-28-4 / 70084-87-6
Chem/IUPAC Name: Protein hydrolyzates, wheat germ
EINECS/ELINCS No: 305-225-0 / - / -
COSING REF No: 76681
Hydrolyzed wheat protein is basically small-sized protein molecules that are easily absorbed by the skin and hair to provide multiple benefits and nutrition. Protein molecules in general are large in size so they are broken down to make them easily absorbed. Hydrolyzed wheat protein ingredient comes in the form of an amber-colored liquid that is found in a wide range of beauty products - from moisturizers and shampoos to eye creams and cleansers. Additionally, hydrolyzed wheat protein is not gluten-free, but since it is not supposed to be consumed, it is safe for use.


Hydrolyzed wheat protein has many benefits for the hair and skin. The small molecules of this ingredient easily penetrate the surface and repair the tissues from deep within. Hydrolyzed wheat protein is used in many skin care and hair care products such as facial serums, lotions, and hair sprays.
  • Skin care: It tends to form a layer on the skin to prevent moisture loss and give a luminous feel to the skin. It increases the firmness of the skin and prevents it from drying out. Further, hydrolyzed wheat protein has anti-aging properties and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin
  • Hair care: It is known for treating dry and damaged hair. It provides deep moisture and strengthens hair shafts, thus reducing hair fall and breakage. Products like hydrolyzed wheat protein shampoo make hair shinier and improve the overall texture


Hydrolyzed wheat protein is generally derived from wheat germ. It is industrially produced following a short and simple process. First water is added to a reaction kettle then an alkaline protease is stirred in to make a uniform mixture. Wheat gluten protein powder is then added and alkaline is stirred in until the pH of the mixture reaches 9-10. The hydrolyzing process then starts by adding trypsin and hydrolyzing the mixture for 30-80 minutes. Once this process is completed, the mixture is filtered and spray dried to result in hydrolyzed wheat protein.

What does HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN do in a formulation?

  • Hair conditioning
  • Moisturising
  • Skin conditioning

Safety profile

Hydrolyzed wheat protein is considered safe for use but should be avoided by people having gluten sensitivity. It does not have any other side effects. However, too much of anything is bad and this is true with hydrolyzed wheat protein as well. It should not be used in excess or it can have opposite effects on the skin and hair.


Technical profile

Property Values
pH 4.5-5.0
Solubility Soluble in water
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