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Aqua (Water)*, Propylheptyl Caprylate3, Glycolic Acid8, Citric Acid12, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid7, Glycerin9, Salicylic Acid1, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP/Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance10 (Parfum), Arginine16, Pentylene Glycol5, Rhamnose2, Arachidyl Glucoside17, Xanthan Gum, 1-2Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol13, Disodium Edta11, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin15, Propylene Glycol4, Laureh-7, Tocopherol, Carnosine14, Disodium Adenosine18, Triphosphate, Farnesol, Laminaria Digitata Extract6.

* Cellular Water.

Institut Esthederm Intensive AHA Peel Concentrated Serum

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
2Rhamnoseplant sugar that functions as a cell-communicating ingredient; no unbiased research found to back that up
3propylheptyl caprylateEmollient
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
5pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
6Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
7lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
8glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10fragranceFragrance in skin care is like spraying perfume on your face. Smells nice, but potentially irritating and damaging to your skin's acid mantle. Especially if these ingredients are high up on the ingredient list.
11EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
12citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
14carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
15C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
16arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
17Arachidyl Glucosideemulsifier; surfactant
18adenosineanti-inflammatory

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