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Water, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Butylene Glycol19, Glycerin13, Sorbitan Stearate5, Stearic Acid4, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myrica Rubra29 Fruit Extract10, Salicylic Acid1, Bisabolol21, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan30, Zinc Gluconate2, Sodium PCA6, Betaine22, Sorbitol7, Glycine14, Alanine25, Proline8, Serine, Threonine, Arginine23, Lysine12, Glutamic Acid15, Propyl Gallate9, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer26, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer27, Sclerotium Gum, Disodium EDTA17, Aminomethyl Propanol24 , Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate3, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional20, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone28, Methylisothiazolinone11, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol18, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance16

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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
2zinc gluconateProven to treat inflammatory acne; also preventative. Reduces the production of Squalane, a component of human sebum.
3Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinatechelating cleansing agent
4stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
5Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
6sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
7sorbitola humectant moisturizer; product thickener; similar to glycerin with a gel-like consistency; creates a slippery feel
9propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
10Myrica Rubra Fruit Extractmoisturizing
12Lysineanti-static moisturizer
13GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
14glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
15glutamic acidhumectant anti-static hair conditioner
16fragranceFragrance 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.
17disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
18caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
19butylene 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
20Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
21bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
22betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
23arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
24aminomethyl propanolemulsifying ingredient; prolonged skin exposure may cause irritation due to alkalinity, but in most commercial products the alkalinity is neutralized
25alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties
26Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymeremulsion stabilizing, opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, viscosity controller
27alkyl 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
28Alpha-Isomethyl Iononefragrance; conditioning
29Myrica rubralikely used for its antioxidant properties
30chitosanwound-healer; exfoliator; shown to lighten hyperpigmentation

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