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Aloe12 Barbadensis Gel, Diatomaceous Earth15 (Sloum Diatomeae), Butylene Glycol10, Isodecyl Salicylate7, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20,Papain4, Bromelain11, Glyceryl Stearate8, Titanium Dioxide2, Salicylic Acid1, Algin13, Lactic Acid6, Sulfur, Sodium Hydroxymethyglycinate, Lavender5 (Lavandula Anjustifolia) Oil, Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus) Extract, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum), orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis14), Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Flower, Matricaria (Chamomilla Recututa); Silica3, Tetrasodium EDTA9, Methylparaben.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

IngredientWhat it does
1salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
2titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
3silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
4papainstrong allergen, one study showed it may be effective for exfoliation but only in pure concentration, shows the same irritating effects as hydrogen peroxide but was shown to be antibacterial in one study
5lavenderMainly used for aromatherapy than skincare; mild antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory effects make it useful as part of a preservative system in a product; fragrance components oxidize on skin & can cause irritation
6lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
7isodecyl salicylateanti-inflammatory, antiseptic BHA derivative
8glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
9EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
10butylene glycolsolvent; penetration enhancer; humectant moisturizer; in cleansing creams it dissolves dirt, avoids the product from drying too quickly during the removal stage & helps formulas spread better
11bromelainchemical exfoliator from pineapples; also used as a texturizer; very little research on topical human applications. Pineapple extract has antibacterial properties
12aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
13alginderived from seaweed, used as a emulsifier, barrier, thickener and stabilizer.
14Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits
15Diatomaceous EarthAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen

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