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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
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3Yeastmoisturizing
4titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
5tea treeantifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, potentially irritating
6squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
7polyethyleneemollient; scrub agent; film former; stabilizer; binding agent; thickener
8PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
9kaolina clay much like any other, absorbs excess oil and dirt from skin. High in potassium and can be used in cleansers to give a silkier feel. Also has anti-caking properties; said to be ideal for sensitive skin.
10lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
11glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
12glycol stearatecream base, emollient, conditioner, stabilizer, opacifying ingredient, & (if SE follows the name) emulsifier
13glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
14EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
15chamomileanti-inflammatory,calming,soothing
16Cetyl Alcoholemollient moisturizing, emulsifying, emulsion stabilizing, foam boosting, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
17Camphordenaturating solution, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula a substance added to plastics or other materials to make them more pliable or softer
18caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
19butylene 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
20bentoniteHighly absorbent; thickens, stabilizes and bulks up a product
21benzalkonium chlorideantimicrobial agent; antistatic agent; cosmetic biocide; deodorant agent; surfactant -suspending agent and preservative
22Arnica Montana Flowermoisturizing
23ammonium lauryl sulfateanionic surfactant; foaming agent
24aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
25allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative

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