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IngredientWhat it does
1propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
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.
3Oxalic AcidChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
4kojic acidskin lightener; slows down the production of melanin; effective in treating post-acne marks; antioxidant; antibacterial. May cause allergic dermatitis in some people.
5hydroquinonea strong inhibitor of melanin production
6gluconolactoneserves as a skin conditioner/exfoliant (hydrolyses to Gluconic Acid) & chelator; also used as part of a preservative system
7citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
8Ci 19140cosmetic colorant
9arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
10lactobionic acidantioxidant leave-on exfoliator similar to AHA; able to chelate metals; gentle & said to be great for sensitive skin

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