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  • Published On : Jan 2023
  • Code : CMI4447
  • Industry : Consumer Goods
  • Pages : 157
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Cotton pads are made from raw cotton and are widely used in cosmetics and medical sectors across the globe. These pads are majorly used for face cleansing and to prevent bleeding from skin cuts and injuries. Moreover, usage of cotton pads for makeup application and removal has gained traction since the last few years.

The Global Cotton Pads Market is estimated to surpass US$ 1185.07 Mn by the end of 2030 in terms of revenue exhibiting a CAGR of 5.71% during the forecast period (2023 to 2030).


Rising Awareness for Personal Care

Rising awareness among the millennial population about personal care and hygiene is expected to boost demand for cotton pads in the coming years. Furthermore, long fiber cotton with the ability to absorb more oil and other liquid make them well-suited for several cosmetic applications.

Moreover, increasing disposable income of the working population has fueled demand for cosmetics products, thereby generating high demand for cotton pads. For instance, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, per capita, disposable income in European Union was valued at US$ 33,399 in 2020, which increased to US$ 34,355 in 2022.

Figure 1. Cotton Pads Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2022

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Market Restraints

Rising Adoption of Alternative Materials

The increasing number of substitutes for cotton pads available is expected to hamper the market growth to some extent. Alternatives such as flannel, bamboo, and other microfiber pads are witnessing a surge in demand across the cosmetics and personal care industry. Moreover, a research study conducted by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in 2022 stated that fine microfiber (0.38 mm or less in diameter) can remove 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses, while cotton can only remove 30% of bacteria and 23% viruses. Rising adoption of these materials is expected to hinder demand for cotton pads in the near future.

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Cotton Pads Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2022: US$ 760.00 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017-2021 Estimated Year: 2023
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 5.71% Forecast Period: 2023-2030
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, ASEAN, South Korea, Australia, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: Middle East and Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Round Cotton Pads, Square Cotton Pads, and Oval Cotton Pads
  • By End-Use Industry: Cosmetic, Medical, and Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Hypermarket/Supermarket, Specialty Stores, Online, and Others.
Companies covered:

CMC Consumer Medical Care GMBH, Cotton Club, Groupe Lemoine Sanitars, Shiseido Co. Ltd., Sisma S.P.A, TZMO SA, L&R USA Inc., Unicharm Corporation, and PT Cottonindo Ariesta Tbk.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing usage of cotton pads for skin cleaning and nourishment
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Increasing number of substitutes to conventional cotton pads

Market Trends

On account of excessive water consumption by cotton plants, the adoption of reusable cotton pads is gaining traction across the cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. For instance, according to an article published on February 7, 2017, by Water Footprint Calculator, the water footprint for 1 pound of cotton is around 1,320 gallons. Thus, players operating in this market are expected to develop advanced reusable cotton pads with varied properties, depending upon their end application.

Figure 2. Global Cotton Pads Market Revenue Share (%), By Distribution Channel, 2022

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Global Cotton Pads Market - Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The global market for cotton pads has been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several governments across the globe have imposed nationwide lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus, which resulted in the shutting down of businesses and ceasing of several economic activities. According to the International Monetary Fund’s 2020 report, the global economy was expected to contract sharply by 3.0% in 2022 which is worse than the 2008-09 financial crisis. Moreover, reduced demand for cosmetics has indirectly led to low demand for cotton pads across the cosmetics sector. For instance, in 2020, L'Oréalwitnessed a sharp decline of 7.7%, 4.8%, and 3.7% in growth across Western Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions.

Recent Developments

  • On 26th December 2022, Shiseido Company, Limited (“Shiseido”), in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, developed an innovative measurement system that realizes a comprehensive non-invasive approach to visually and numerically measuring and analysing the three-dimensional facial shape as well as optical properties of facial skin, such as subsurface scattering light.
  • On 25th November 2021, TRUMPF had acquired a joint venture with SISMA in Italy which means that the German company’s addictive business would focus on medical and dental businesses as well.

Competitive Section

  • Key players operating in the global cotton pads market include CMC Consumer Medical Care GMBH, Cotton Club, Groupe Lemoine Sanitars, Shiseido Co. Ltd, Sisma S.P.A, TZMO SA, L&R USA Inc., Unicharm Corporation, and PT Cottonindo Ariesta Tbk.

Cotton pads are made by processing raw cotton obtained from cotton farms. These pads are widely used for household applications and body cleansing for newborn babies. It provides better cleaning for babies as these are soft, chemical-free, and free from harmful substances such as alcohol, lint, fragrance, dye, and ink. Cotton pads are ideal for a full-body clean-up and bathing of newborn babies. Moreover, its usage in the application of various cosmetics, it is promoting its demand across the globe.

Market Dynamics

Cotton pads are derived from 100% organic cellulose that is biodegradable and has a higher tolerance to sunlight. Thus, they are generally used for makeup removal, when bleach or face lotions are applied to the face. Moreover, its long fibers and ability to absorb more oil and other liquids make them well-suited for several other cosmetic applications. For instance, the liquid absorption capacity of 200 gsm cotton pads is around 0.76 as that compared to 200 gsm polypropylene pads, which is 0.5.

Round or square cotton pads are also used for dressing purposes or wound covering after a certain injury. For instance, the use of fine cotton pads in the process of gauze dressing is well-known across the globe. In this type of dressing, the cotton pad is placed above the wound using tape or a gauze strip (bandage) to prevent dust and bacteria from entering the human body.

However, higher costs and one-time usage associated with conventional cotton pads are restricting their demand. Thus, few players have started developing reusable cotton pads from alternative materials such as bamboo, and microfiber. For instance, the ENR047 Cotton Pad produced by an Australia- based manufacturer of natural spill solutions and spill absorbent products, Enertech, is made up of reinforced wood fiber rayon and thus is reusable. As these materials are abundantly available at lower prices, their adoption is expected to hamper the cotton pads market growth over the forecast period.

Major players operating in the cotton pads market are focusing on various strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to widen their global reach. For instance, in November 2016, Groupe Lemoine acquired Albasa, a company producing pads, pleats, and balls in Saint Vicenc de Castellet, Spain.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of Cotton Pads Market, and provides market size (US$ Million and Million Units) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2023-2030), considering 2022 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approvals, regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the Global Cotton Pads Market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies, and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include CMC Consumer Medical Care GMBH, Cotton Club, Groupe Lemoine, Sanitars, Shiseido Co. Ltd., Sisma S.P.A, TZMO SA, L&R USA Inc., Unicharm Corporation, and PT Cottonindo Ariesta Tbk
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and management authorities of companies to make informed decision regarding future products launches, technology up gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global cotton pads market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, cotton pad manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global cotton pads market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Cotton Pads Market, By Product Type
    • Round Cotton Pads
    • Square Cotton Pads
    • Oval Cotton Pads
  • Global Cotton Pads Market, By End Use Industry:
    • Cosmetics
    • Medical
    • Others
  • Global Cotton Pads Market, By Distribution Channel
    • Hypermarket/Supermarket
    • Specialty Stores
    • Online
    • Others
  • Global Cotton Pads Extracts Market, By Region:
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • ASEAN
      • South Kore
      • Australia
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • Middle East
      • Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • CMC Consumer Medical Care GMBH
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • Cotton Club
    • Groupe Lemoine
    • Sanitars
    • Shiseido Co. Ltd.
    • Sisma P.A
    • TZMO SA
    • L&R USA Inc.
    • Unicharm Corporation
    • PT Cottonindo Ariesta Tbk

Frequently Asked Questions

Cotton Pads market was valued at around US$ 760.00 Mn in 2022.
The increasing usage of cotton pads for skin cleaning is expected to drive the market.
Rising customer inclination towards the usage of reusable cotton pads is estimated to offer lucrative opportunities for players in the near future.
Increasing number of substitutes to cotton pads is expected to act as a restraining factor for the market.
Major players operating in the market include CMC Consumer Medical Care GMBH, Cotton Club, Groupe Lemoine, Sanitars, Shiseido Co. Ltd., Sisma S.P.A, TZMO SA, L&R USA Inc., Unicharm Corporation, and PT Cottonindo Ariesta Tbk.
The market is estimated to grow at around 5.71% CAGR in the forecast period (2023-2030).

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