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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Active Ingredients

Salicylic Acid1 (2%)

Inactive Ingredients

Water , Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate2 , Cocamidopropyl Betaine117 , Sodium C12-15 Pareth10-15 Sulfonate , Aloe12 Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract , Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile9) Flower Extract , Chamomila Recuita (Matricaria) Flower ExtractChamomilla Recutita , Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate5 , Propylene Glycol4 , Yellow 5 Lake , Red 40 Lake (CI 160358) , Sodium Chloride3 , Fragrance6

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

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 C14-16 Olefin Sulfonatefoaming cleanser
3sodium chloridesalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
5Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride PhosphateCan function as a stabilizer & solubilizer (helps one ingredient dissolve into another); Potential topical skin delivery of linoleic acid; Non-greasy emollient
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.
7Cocamidopropyl Betainefoam boosting, hair moisturizing, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
8Ci 16035cosmetic colorant
10C12-15 parethpolyethylene glycol ethers of fatty alcohols with ethylene oxide
11betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
12aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities

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