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Active: Salicylic Acid1 0.5%. Inactive: Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid6, Glycolic Acid8, Gluconolactone9, Propanediol, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Glycereth-718 Trimethyl Ether10, Niacinamide5, Betaine15, Inositol, Citric Acid13, Glycerin11, Phytic Acid3, Pentylene Glycol4, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil7, Caprylyl Glycol14, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance12, PEG-8, Aloe16 Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetic Acid17, Potassium Hydroxide2.

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
2potassium hydroxideAKA Lye is used in a tiny amount in skincare as a pH adjuster. Most commonly used in cleansers as a base for liquid soaps and in higher concentrations is a significant skin sensitizer.
3phytic acidantioxidant with moisturizing, deodorizing & chelating properties
4pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
5niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
6lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
7hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
8glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
9gluconolactoneserves as a skin conditioner/exfoliant (hydrolyses to Gluconic Acid) & chelator; also used as part of a preservative system
10Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ethermoisturizing
11GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
12fragranceFragrance 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.
13citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
14caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
15betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
16aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
17acetic acidfragrance; pH adjuster; solvent for gums, resins, & volatile oils, this acid is found in vinegar & can disinfect, but can be drying & irritating to skin; banned in cosmetics by ASEAN.
18Glycereth-7solvent & humectant moisturizer; viscosity decreasing agent

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