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Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid1 1.50% W/WIngredients: Non-Medicinal Ingredients Non-Medicinaux: WaterAquaEau , Alcohol Denat.10 , Betaine9 , PEG-60 Almond Glycerides5 , Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu)11 Seed Oil , Boswellia Serrata8 Extract , Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract4 , Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto3) Fruit Extract , Caffeine7 , Sodium Salicylate2 , Fragrance6 (Parfum)

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 salicylatesalt of salicylic acid; anti-inflammatory agent; denaturant; preservative
3saw palmettomay have anti-inflammatory effects, but there's little research to support this. Saw palmetto is said to limit testerone production, though I believe this effect may be referring to internal use, not topical use in skincare products.
4Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extracthumectant moisturizer
5Peg-60 Almond Glyceridesemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
6fragranceFragrance 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.
7caffeineconstricts the skin; may be anti-inflammatory but also irritating; a potential antioxidant (there is no independent research that caffeine helps cellulite); aids ingredients to penetrate the skin
8boswellia serratagum resin of the Indian Frankincense tree; has research showing it has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin and can stimulate fibroblasts (cells that make collagen). However, it can also be a skin sensitizer and cause contact dermatitis. It's used in the manufacture of L'Oreal products as the anti-wrinkle agent "Boswelox", which has been criticized as being ineffective.
9betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
10Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
11(tamanu)skin conditioning emollient oil; antioxidant wound-healing properties. Said to be antibacterial & anti-inflammatory.

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