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Active: Salicylic Acid1 1%.

Inactive: Alcohol Denat.6, Water/Aqua/Eau, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer7, Hamamelis8 Virginiana (Witch Hazel2) Extract, Sea Whip Extract3, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Butylene Glycol4, Benzalkonium Chloride5.
MAC Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel

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
2witch hazelfragrant astringent; antioxidant & anti-irritant properties (some forms can be irritating, click to read why)
3sea whip extractanti-inflammatory & antibacterial marine extract
4butylene 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
5benzalkonium chlorideantimicrobial agent; antistatic agent; cosmetic biocide; deodorant agent; surfactant -suspending agent and preservative
6Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
7alkyl acrylate crosspolymeremulsifier that thickens & stabilizes formulas, makes it possible for a product to release the oils in it immediately when rubbing the product into the skin
8Hamamelisfragrant astringent; antioxidant & anti-irritant properties (some forms can be irritating, click to read why)

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