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pH range 3.2-3.8
Key Ingredients: lauric acid9, licorice root, barberry, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, panthenol7, sodium hyaluronate1, allantoin14, salicylic acid2, glycerin10

Product Ingredients:
Active: 2% Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid13/exfoliant); Inactive: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Butylene Glycol12 (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Pentylene Glycol6 (solvent), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritants), Berberis Vulgaris (Barberry) Root Extract (antibacterial plant extract), Lauric Acid (coconut-derived antibacterial fatty acid), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Methyl Gluceth-208 (skin-conditioning agent), Glycereth-2615 (thickener3), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulfite4 (preservatives5), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA11 (chelating agent).

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IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2salicylic 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
3thickenerthickens/stabilizes the product; generally, the more thickening agents used in formulating a cream, for example, may enhance its stability, but can also cause difficulty in spreading.
4Sodium metabisulfitedisinfectant, antioxidant (for the formula) and preservative.
5preservativesUsed as a preservative or enhances the efficacy of preservatives
6pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
7panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
8Methyl Gluceth-20water-soluble liquid moisturizer & emollient; has moisture-binding properties; also a foaming agent
9lauric acidin cleansers, this fatty acid is used as a base for detergent/cleansing agents; in leave-on products it's antibacterial & anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that lauric acid works on skin to control acne-causing bacteria.
10GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
11EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
12butylene 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
13beta hydroxy 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
14allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
15Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)

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